Information On Bats



Bats are 1-16 inches in length, weigh 1/4 ounce to 2 pounds.

Habitat and Range: all kinds of habitats worldwide, except in the Antarctic and in parts of the Arctic.

All bats can see, but many use their ears. Even in the dark, a bat can find its way, avoid obstacles, and can detect food by using echo-location. When flying, a bat sends out a series of short, high-pitched beeping sounds through its nose or mouth. It listens for the echoes that bounce back when the sounds hits an object. This is the way a bat locates an object and can tell if its moving. Fishing bats also hunt by echo-location.

Bats eat a variety of foods including insects, fruit, nectar, pollen, flowers, small animals, fish, and blood.

Life span is as long as thirty years in the wild, depending on the species.

Gestation of one and a half to eight months, depending on the species, most only produce one offspring.

Bats are the only mammal that can actually fly. Some bats can fly up to forty miles an hour.

There are more than nine hundred types of bats. Some bat wings span up to six feet.


Bats benefit people in several ways. Some feed on harmful insects, while others pollinate flowers as they fly from flower to flower. Seeds dropped by fruit bats may sprout into plants.

During the winter some bats migrate to warmer climates, while others hibernate for months. When a bat hibernates its body temperature drops, its heartbeat and breathing slows too. Like the bear, a hibernating bat lives off the fat of its body.


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