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The vampire bat has pretty wicked teeth, with the first two upper pairs forming three bladed spikes which it uses to pierce the flesh of animals, and then open a gouge. Specialized enzymes in its saliva prevent blood clotting, and it uses a thin, slender and scoop-shaped tongue to lap up the flowing blood. Vampire bats do not suck through their teeth, unlike fictional vampires. All of a vampire bat's teeth are thin blades, none of them broad or multi-cuspidate, as in bats specialized for insect eating (most of them) or even nectar feeders, though all bast fall back on insects as needed.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool
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muffin-wrangler Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I like how you've made the position of the eye very clear.
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Forest-Imp Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Photographer
...does this one do mammals or avians? i know they specialize, but i don't remember which species does which feeding... lol...
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Qilong Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Desmodus rotundus is, I think, a mammal specialist. I do not think their dentition varies much depending, but I've not looked too closely.
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GilPires Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
THUMBS UP!!
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
It seems vampires in fiction usually have tiger fangs (go figure) or snake fangs, but this kind of dentition would have been way cooler.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
The German film "Nosferatu" and the "making of" "Shadow of the Vampire" both made the creature with a pair of incisors which did the dirty work, but it still drank in "true" vampire fashion, while latching on, teeth embedded.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, bats are cool AND quite underrated!
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Qilong Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Oh, indeed. Take a look at the hammerhead bat.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dem teeth! :D
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Qilong Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
...are pretty cool.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yess!
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great drawing, Jaime!
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Qilong Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thanks!
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