We would like to demystify bats so that you’re not so scared of them. Bats are more afraid of you then you are of them, as is true of most animals. Bats are a nocturnal animal. They sleep, hanging upside down so they can fly. Bats are the only mammal that can fly. Unlike birds, bats cannot take flight from the ground. They must fall from a high perch and take flight while falling. Bats hang upside down when sleeping. When ready to fly, they drop from the branch, open their wings like a parachute, which gives lift, and they can start flying.
Different types of bats eat different foods. The fruit bat, as in its name, eats fruit, while Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat, also known as the bumblebee bat, eats insects. The little brown bat eats insects, too. The main two categories of bats are the fruit bats, and insect bats.
Bats have a sixth sense called Echolocation. Similar to sonar echolocation, used by submarines. They make sounds and listen to the echoes, to figure out distance, speed, density, and size of the objects around them.
There are almost 1,000 bat species found in the world. One bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in 1 hour.
Some bats hibernate and others migrate.On post image is a very little brown bat. A big problem for little brown bats is that they have a case of white noose syndrome. White Nose Syndrome is a syndrome that infects the small bats and can kill them. Scientists have not come up with a cure for the poor brown bats. To learn more about White Nose Syndrome go to National wildlife bat site.