Zoological name: The true vampire bats are classified in the family Desmodontidae which contains 3 species. They include the common vampire (Desmodus rotundus), the white-winged vampire (Diaemus youngi) and the hairy-legged vampire (Diphylla
Distribution: These bats are restricted to Central and South Americas.
Habitat: They are found in forests, caves, culverts etc.
Reproduction: Sexual maturity is attained at about 10-12 months. The breeding cycle continues throughout the year. The gestation period is about 7 months. The young suckle up to 9 months.