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Can I own an Egyptian fruit bat in CT?

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by Ratmosphere, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

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    Anybody know if I can own an Egyptian fruit bat in Connecticut? They have some dumb laws that may prevent me from obtaining one. Where can I check to see if I can own one?
     
  2. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoprince Active Member

    I'd hopefully think you can't own a fruit bat.
     
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  3. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

  4. Ghost56

    Ghost56 Arachnobaron Active Member

    All bats lifespans are severely shortened in captivity.
     
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  5. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    Wow, I thought it would be the opposite since it would be getting more food! Thanks for the information!
     
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  6. Ghost56

    Ghost56 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Ya, it's really a bummer too. They'd be awesome to keep.
     
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  7. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Christ, from what I've heard and keep hear about, Connecticut isn't "invert/animal friendly" at all. I keep talking about Italy but Italy is a heaven, if compared :-s
     
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  8. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    On a care sheet it says that in the wild they live 8-10 years and in captivity the record is 22 years.
     
  9. Ghost56

    Ghost56 Arachnobaron Active Member

    From every thing I've read, that's quite the opposite, literally. Maybe @basin79 has some more info?
     
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  10. KevinsWither

    KevinsWither Arachnobaron

    Then again, we are shipping t's and stuff. Personally since a bat is an exotic pet, your'e going to want to give it a lot of flying space and to be sure to keep any insects in there cages and away from the bat. Bats are notoriously good hunters of mantises and other insects, even carnivorous katydids. As of that, I assume that you need a good amount of flying space along with feeding a varied diet.
     
  11. KevinsWither

    KevinsWither Arachnobaron

    Wait, just checking, don't. They don't live very long after doing some research. Also quite regulated due to SARS and rabies
     
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  12. Thistles

    Thistles Arachnobroad

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    A friend of mine is actually looking into getting some of these. He has a contact in Illinois who does bat educational shows. I know nothing about them, so don't ask me, but http://www.incrediblebats.com might be a good resource.
     
  13. KevinsWither

    KevinsWither Arachnobaron

    More I found is that they need as much space as your house, not joking. They also poop and pee and spit out fruit pulps many times a day and do other dirty things. Wouldn't do it. Not worth it
     
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  14. Esherman81

    Esherman81 Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Oh yuck ..I thought cleaning after pets I gave now was a lot of work that sounds like a full time job .
     
  15. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoprince Active Member

    I know nothing about them but for the "average" keeper they wouldn't have the room surely? They need to fly. What size space would they need? Not a 12x12ft room/shed/enclosure that's for sure.
     
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  16. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    It says 6' x 6' x 6' on the care sheet. The enclosure is not too hard to build either. I hear you though, they do need to fly. That's one reason why I'm steering away from it now.
     
  17. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoprince Active Member

    How is a bat with a 2ft wingspan supposed to fly in a 6ft enclosure? Or of it's 6m then that's 18ft square which is better.
     
  18. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    No idea, I'm just going by what I read.
     
  19. Esherman81

    Esherman81 Arachnoknight Active Member

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    they have a 2 ft wingspan..so a they need a huge cage ..
     
  20. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    If I ever were to obtain one of these, which I probably never will now, I'd build a huge shed like sanctuary that could fit a few of them in. It's definitely not cool at all to keep them in a confined space so they're unable to fly.