National Geographic : 1944 Oct
What the Fighting Yanks See Though Islanders May Eat Such Bats, Yanks Say "They Stink" Utno weoD Of all strange creatures seen in the Pacific, fruit bats, or flying foxes, are among the most unpopular. The fur-lined monoplanes, with heads like foxes and clawlike hind feet, have an average wingspread of over four feet. A disagreeable odor comes from glands in the skin of the bat. Australian Travel Assn. A Fancy Frill Makes a Tough Mouthful Accustomed to a diet of snakes, birds, and rabbits, this monitor lizard, or Australian goanna, bites into the stiff, flaring collar of the frill-necked lizard. Soldiers in northern Australia had many visits from lizards; some thought they were crocodiles! "Those darn six-foot devils were always rattlin' around in the garbage cans lookin' for a handout," one GI told the author.