Bat Feeding Methods:
Some places they live:
Neat facts I learned (mostly from my science teacher mom, Lucy-Kate!):
- Bats are closer related to humans than they are mice/rats.
- 900 species worldwide
- Mexican free-tailed bats can migrate up to 1,300 miles
- Largest: flying fox--6 ft wing spam
- Smallest: bumblebee bat from Thailand--2 oz weight
- 70% of bat species are 'microbats'--typically insectovores
- 30% are megabats--typically frugivores
- Bat specialist Merlin "Batman" Tuttle has estimated that a single mouse-eared bat can catch up to 600 mosquitoes in just one hour
- Frog-hunting bats, found in tropics, can tell if a frog is poisonous or too big to ear just by listening to the frog's call
- Some bats echolocation is fine-tuned enough to "see" something the width of a human hair
- Often bear one pup a year
- Many fruit eating bats are -vital- for seed dispersal
- Bat echolocation often uses multiple frequencies--high pitched that goes straight out and a lower pitched tone that is more diffuse. Based on the percent reflection the bats can pin point where the reflection is coming from.
- Tree lures bats with specially shaped leaves that sound pretty.