Facts about Bats
Did you know?
Bats are mammals whose forelimbs form webbed wings, this makes them the only mammals capable of sustained flight. Here are some more cool bat facts that you might not know or believe.
- April 17, is bat appreciation day.
- A single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour.
- Bats are one of the world's longest-lived mammals for its size, with life spans of almost 40 years.
- There are over 1200 known species of bats, just about 25% of all mammal species.
- A single colony of 150 big brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million root worms each summer.
- Nearly 40% of American bat species are in severe decline or already listed as endangered or threatened.
- The smallest bat, the Pipistrellus nanus, is only 1.5 in long and has a wingspan of only 5 in.
- All bats can see, however bats have developed the use of echolocation to find food when navigating and hunting for food at night. Bats make high-frequency sounds, and the echoes of these sounds bounce back which enables a bat to make a mental map.
- Bats are native to all continents except the Arctic. In short, bats do not like the cold weather.
- Wild life experts consider that thirteen species of bat are listed as endangered. An endangered species is one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
- Bats are the only mammals able to fly.
- Bats have only one pup a year. Their slow reproduction makes them vulnerable to extinction.
- Bats don't build nests, they live in roofs or creep into holes and cracks in trees, walls and buildings to avoid the light.
- In Britain it is illegal to kill a bat or disturb the places where they roost.