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1.) Bats are considered nature's best bug
2.)Trees in Africa and
South America depend on bats to spread their seeds.
3.) Night blooming flowers
depend on bats for pollination.
4.) The scientific name for bats is
Chiroptera meaning "hand-wing".
are the only mammal that can fly.
6.) The largest bat has almost a 6
foot wing span.
7.) The smallest bat weighs less
than a penny.
night insects, bats eat fish, frogs, fruit, nectar, and blood from
9.) There are almost 1000 species of bats
and three are considered vampires.
10.) Bats have only one baby a year.
11.) Insect eating bats use echolocation
to find and catch food.
12.) Bats in cooler climates hibernate or
migrate during the winter.
12.) Bats in cooler
climates hibernate or migrate during
There are more than 900 species (kinds)
of bats. Only three species, called vampires, eat blood. But they don't suck
their meals--they make a small cut and then lick the trickle of blood that flows
out. They go for the blood of cows, horses, pigs, and, very rarely, humans. But
don't worry--no vampire bats live in North America.
Most bats in North America eat insects such as mosquitoes. A bat may eat 500
insects an hour!
Some kinds of bats can catch fish! They make sounds and listen for echoes to
find ripples made by fish in the water. Then the bats use their long, curved
claws to scoop up their prey.
The smallest mammal in the world is the bumblebee bat from Asia. It weighs less
than a penny!
Bats are smart about staying away from people. So if a bat lets you get very
close to it, it's probably sick. Don't touch it! A few bats carry a very bad
disease called RABIES. If a bat seems to be hurt or sick, call your local public
health department or animal rescue organization.
Bats are fun to watch! Just go outside in the evening, look up, and use a
flashlight to spot the bats.
Take the bat quiz.