Bats are among the most misunderstood creatures throughout the world. It can be because they hang upside down, or have long pointed teeth; or perhaps it is the correlation with Dracula and vampires which have given bats their unfair stereotype. Rumors of rabies and diseases changed people’s perception of the really incredible and interesting mammal. If this was your previous perception, than maybe this guide can change your thoughts! Here are some fantastic facts about bats and a number of their different species:
1. Bats Are the Only Mammal Capable of True Flight.
Many people do not realize like Wildlife Experts do that bats are in actuality, mammals; and on top of this, the only mammals that can actually fly. They have wings like the anatomy of a human hand, with elongated fingers connected by a stretchy membrane. They are amazing in flight. They are fast and swift, using propulsion to push ahead using their thin wings.
2. Vampire Bats Do Not Really Suck Blood.
Three species of vampire bats have been known to exist around the world. These three species of bats do not really “suck” blood from other mammals. They will, nevertheless, lick it up after emitting a bite into a cow or other big warm-blooded animal.
3. A Single Bat Can Consume Over 1000 Small Insects in One Hour.
That is a lot of feeding!
4. Bats are not blind, but they don’t have great vision, especially in the dark. The night is when they are awake and busy, so they have to use different methods of communication and navigation to get around. This is called echolocation. Bats emit beeps and then listen for the beep to bounce back off of a structure. Then they know where they are.
5. Bat Species Makes Up Nearly 25% of All Mammals.
There are over 900 species of bats in the world, all broken up into different categories and classifications. The Chiroptera Order is your first class. From there they’re split into suborders, genera, and then species.
Bats are interesting and amazing creatures that need to be respected and maintained.