Desmodus rotundus
1. Lateral view
2. Close-up of front teeth
3. Details
Reality outruns apprehension ! Its skull is only 25mm, so it isn't going to tear your throat out, but it does feed entirely on blood, and it might give you rabies. The two big top incisors are said to be so sharp that a vampire can make an incision without waking a sleeping animal (or person !)

1.Vampire Bat Skull, lateral view.
1.Vampire Bat Skull, oblique frontal view.

Details of Specimens Illustrated

Image 1
Vampire Bat Desmodus rotundus
Stage - adult
Source - Photos courtesy of private collector
Overall length25.4mm Overall width13.0mm

Scientific Name : Desmodus - from the greek words desmos a bundle, and odontos, a tooth, referring to the closely grouped two central upper incisors. Many bats have a wide gap between their central upper incisors. rotundus - the animal has a rounded body.

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