- 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.
Bat Conservation International
Bat Consevation Trust
Bats and More Bats
Bats: Creatures of the Night
Bats: Defenders of Wildlife
Bats In Australia
Bats in the Desert Southwest
Batty About Bats
Enchanted Learning: Bats
How Bats Work
Introduction to Bats
KidZone Bat Photos
Science of Bats
The Bat Hunt
Tucson’s Hummingbird Feeder Bats – The Firefly Forest
Wild Lives: Bats
World Almanac: Bats