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.
I like how you've made the position of the eye very clear.
...does this one do mammals or avians? i know they specialize, but i don't remember which species does which feeding... lol...
Desmodus rotundus is, I think, a mammal specialist. I do not think their dentition varies much depending, but I've not looked too closely.
It seems vampires in fiction usually have tiger fangs (go figure) or snake fangs, but this kind of dentition would have been way cooler.
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.
Wow, bats are cool AND quite underrated!
Great drawing, Jaime!