Flying foxes, unlike other similar flying animals, do not give the bonus of earning extra money per crate smashed, making them less favourable in comparison to vultures, eagles or toucans. Their small size, however, makes them capable of squeezing through small gaps and reduces the chance of the player dying. Despite this, when burned, they are unable to enter water, so they cannot be relied on as a long distance traveller past 2000m in Outback.
The behaviour of flying foxes changed after update 1.5.0 in that rather than speeding up to and appearing from behind the player, the player now speeds up to a flying fox and the flying fox can be seen ahead of the player.
Flying foxes appear to be based on other flying mammals as well as flying foxes, most namely bats.