Cute, ugly or both? Bats may be Fledermaus in German but they're much more than just flying mice... and much less cute as well. These 10 bizarre bats take ugliness to the next level, in fact, and we're talkin' cracked mirror, turn-to-stone ugly. If you don't believe me, check 'em out... but be sure to hide the kids first.

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10) Freaky-Faced California Leaf-Nosed Bat

California Leaf-nosed Bat

More like “Leaf-Eared” if you ask me but with a honker like that, who even notices this bat HAS ears? Seriously, that's some kisser... looks like this Macrotus californicus had a run-in with a tree and the tree won. The lesson here, obviously, is Leaf Trees Alone. (Bizarre Bat image via Alan Harper)  



9) Lip Smackin' Common Vampire Bat

Vampire Bat

Vampire Bats are pretty weird from the get-go so prefixing the name of the grinning ghoul above with “Common” immediately makes one wonder how nightmarish the uncommon Vampire Bats look. Guess I'll find out later, after I fall asleep. (Bizarre Bat image via Mark Dumont)  



8) Eye-poppingly Ugly Tilda's Yellow-shouldered Bat

Tilda's Yellow-shouldered Bat

Meet Sturnira tildae, otherwise known as Tilda's Yellow-shouldered Bat. Perhaps the scientist who first described this furry (but not very pet-able) bat named it after his wife or girlfriend - we're sure she was delighted. These strange-looking bats are found mainly in South America, which means they'll never get up to North America, which means folks who live in North America can rest a little easier. (Bizarre Bat image via Burtonlim/Wikipedia)  



7) Horrifying Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat

Rafinesque's Big-eared bat

Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) seemingly doesn't need wings at all: it could fly Dumbo-style. This mouse-furred, insect-eating bat uses those oversized aural oscillators to capture the sounds of beetles scuttling softly across desert sands... upon which it proceeds to capture the noise-making beetles and eat them head first. Consider yourselves lucky, Rolling Stones. (Bizarre Bat image via USDA)  



6) Looney Tunes-esque Angry Ugly Bat

Angry screaming Costa Rica Bat

Angry Birds, ho-hum. Angry Bats, holy-heck! According to the photographer, this silently screaming sentry of Satan was found “under our luggage as we were packing up.” What, did someone say “Abraca-pocus!” to the bellboy? Hope you left him a tip: “Don't take that left at Albuquerque!” (Bizarre Bat image via Acodring)  



5) Goofy & Ghoulish Hammer-headed Fruit Bat

Hammer-headed Fruit Bat

What's uglier than a bag of hammers? A bag of Hammer-headed Fruit Bats, of course! Maybe “Moose-headed Bat” would be a better name but we've been warned never to insult moose... mooses... meece, whatever. Hey, ever wonder what the unwanted lovechild of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose would look like? Wonder no longer. (Bizarre Bat image via Stephen C Smith)  



4) Goosebump-raising Fringe-lipped Bat

Fringe-lipped Bat

Trachops cirrhosus sounds like a disease and y'know what? It looks like one too. Known to us lay-folks as the Fringe-lipped Bat, Trachops cirrhosus sort of resembles a tiny, furry, flying Triceratops with weird fleshy spikes and studs all over its lips and lower face. If the real Triceratops had those way back when, T Rex probably would've starved.  (Bizarre Bat image via Felineora/Wikipedia)  



3) Toothy Grinning Little White-shouldered Bat

Little White-shouldered Bat

If this is a Little White-shouldered Bat, we'd hate to see a BIG White-shouldered Bat... at least, not up close and personal-like. This bat's Latin name is "Ametrida centurio", which translates to "soldier of destruction," which is totally believable based on its fanged face alone. Speaking of which, just look at that toothy grin - more like "appetite for destruction," amiright? (Bizarre Bat image via Wilson Bilkovich)  



2) Unlucky & Ugly Blyth's Horseshoe Bat

Blyth's Horseshoe Bat

Does this bat get its name from the horseshoe-shaped protuberances on its nose (hint: yes it does), or because it looks like it just got stomped by a stallion - a Clydesdale, at that. Horseshoe bats aren't very cute so nobody should be tempted to pet them... and that's just as well, since some types of Horseshoe Bats are natural reservoirs for the SARS coronavirus. Lovely. (Bizarre Bat image via Rohit.chakravarty/Wikipedia)



1) Familiar-looking Tube-Nosed Fruit Bat

Tube-nosed Fruit Bat

The recently described Tube-Nosed Fruit Bat sports supersized outie nostrils used to... to... well, scientists aren't exactly sure but then, they're not all that imaginative either if the bat's name is any indication. We prefer to assume the bat employs its double-flute snoot sniper style, precisely targeting flying insects and then letting loose an echo-guided stereophonic snot rocket to bring 'em down. Eh, it's a Fruit Bat? Never mind then... and oh yeah, it looks a lot like Yoda. (Bizarre Bat image via James Joel)  



Honduran White Fruit Bat

They may be batty but they ain't no beauties, agreed? To be fair, though, there ARE some bats who've avoided being hit (full force, at least) with the ugly stick. Take the Honduran White Fruit Bat above... not literally, of course, but admit it: you'd LIKE to take this li'l feller home, hmm? (Bizarre Bat image via EricksonSmith)


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*** UPDATED on December 29th, 2018 ***