B is for Bats

 

Things to know about bats (besides that they are amazing and one of my favorite animals):

  • Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. (Sorry, flying squirrels.)
  • There are almost 1,000 bat species worldwide, and bats make up a quarter of all mammal species on earth.
  • 70% of bats consume insects, helping keep the insect population down wherever they make their homes. A single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in an hour, and can live almost 40 years. (Must be that healthy diet.)
  • Other bats eat fruit, nectar, and a few eat small animals. South America is home to the famous (but tiny and mostly harmless) vampire bat.
  • Bats can be found almost everywhere in the world except at the north and south poles and in extreme deserts.
  • Some (but not all) bats use echolocation – emitting a sound and then waiting for it to bounce back to them – to find their way around, find food, and avoid predators and mid-air collisions.
  • Some species are solitary, and others form colonies. Some colonies have a million or more individuals.
  • A baby bat is called a pup, and most litters consist of just one pup.
  • At birth, a pup weighs up to 25 percent of its mother’s body weight. (Imagine a human mother giving birth to a 30 pound baby. Never mind, stop imagining that, or you won’t be able to sleep tonight.)
  • Bat wings are an example of pentadactyly, or ‘five-fingered-ness,’ meaning that a bat’s wings are structurally similar to human’s hands or a dog’s paws. Their very long fingers – and the membrane that stretches between their fingers – give them wings instead of hands or paws.
  • While some bat populations number in the millions, many are in decline. A disease called White-Nose Syndrome has killed over six million bats in the US since 2006, and continues to be a threat to many bat populations.

 

Find more bat info (because you can never have enough bat info) here and here.

 

(Posted today as my Day 2 entry in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge)

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6 Responses to B is for Bats

  1. That bat is so cute. I love them, but I hardly see any now I don’t go night fishing with the husband. When we do spot one flying over the garden, its always very special.

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  2. Paula says:

    I am not a lover of bats. That picture made me cringe! Off to a good start with the A to Z!

    Paula from
    Smidgen, Snippets, & Bits

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  3. allymccormick says:

    I hear bats flying around but I’ve never seen one around here. Another fact for you is that bats are the only native mammals in my country – New Zealand, apart from sea mammals like whales and seals.

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