Bat facts and information
Animals

Bat Facts

Bats are often misunderstood or sometimes even feared by humans. Yet this amazing creature plays a huge part in keeping the insect population down and has a natural radar built in to guide it at night. Keep reading to discover some interesting facts about bats.

  • Bats are the only mammals that are able to fly and their extremely long fingers are connected.
  • The smallest bat has a body that is about 1 inch long and the largest bat has wings that span 6 feet.
  • There are over 1,000 species of bats, and they can be found worldwide – which is almost one quarter of all mammal species.
  • They can be found in every biome except for the polar regions and extreme desserts.
  • They are a long-living mammal, and some bats can live to be thirty years old.
  • Bats live in caves, buildings, trees and the crevices of rocks.
  • They fly at night and use echolocation to find food and travel safely. Bats send out sounds that bounce off objects and travel
  • back to them and can tell the size of the object and how far away it’s located.
  • A baby bat is called a pup, and the mother bat usually only has one baby at a time. The pups are born and cared for in
  • colonies where the female bats gather together. The male bats do not participate in caring for the pups.
  • Bats are extremely important to the ecosystem – 70% of all bats eat millions of insects each night.
  • Bats feed on fruit, nectar, fish, small birds, lizards, frog and other bats. There are even two species of vampire bats. They live in South America and feed on blood.
  • The greatest threat to bats are people. Many people fear bats and try to destroy them but since bats play a huge role in keeping the insect population under control, it is very important they are protected.