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Willie's Chiroptera Page


Bats are always so exciting for children!  They seem so interested in the only mammal that can fly!

Bats break the rules big time!  They're animals who meet all the criteria for mammals:

they're warm blooded furry vertebrates

they breathe air through lungs

they give birth to live young which they nourish with milk from their mammary glands.

There are nearly a thousand different kinds of bats, and with the exception of rodents, no other group of mammals has such an enormous variety of species.

The Kitti's Hog-Nosed Bat, for example, is the size of a bumblebee, while the largest bat-the Flying Fox-has a wing span of six feet.