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We’re going batty today! We thought it would be fun to talk bats- what makes a bat a bat? Do you have any guesses?

Let’s find out!

  • Bats are the only true flying mammal on earth!
  • There are over 1,000 different species on earth.
  • Bats have specialized wings that help them fly- bat wings have five appendages- including a thumb on top to help them climbs.
  • Bat wings are covered in a thin membrane called the patagium.

  • Scientists believe that bats evolved around 100 million years ago.
  • Bats are nocturnal.
  • There are around 1,000 different species of bats.
  • Some bats eat insects, some eat fruit and a few species- drink blood.
  • Fruit bats are also called flying foxes. They are important as they disperse seeds in their tropical habitats.
  • Bats use echolocation to detect prey, especially flying insects.
  • Most bats are very social and live in large groups.
  • Bat do sleep upside down!
  • Bats come in small and large sizes.

We sure do love bats! Now you know a few things that make a bat a bat! They are often feared, but without them we would be in big trouble! We need bats to disperse seeds and to help keep insect populations in check- one brown bat can eat 1,200 mosquitoes an hour! Keep up the good work our flying mammal friends! What do you love about bats?


Categories: adventure, Animals, Children, conservation, education, Environment, mammals, nature, science, wildlife | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “GOING BATTY!

  1. We love bats too. Mom is on board with anything that eats insects. She’s afraid of bugs. Sometimes I sleep upside down on the couch. I think I’m part bat. Mom says nobody wants to see all my bits and pieces….

    Love and licks,

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