Bats are mammals. There are over 1,100 species of bats worldwide. But what do bats eat? This post will answer that question, and also look at some interesting facts about bats.
What do Bats Eat?
About 70% of bats are insectivores, which are carnivores that feed on insects and very small animals. Most of the other species of bats are frugivores. This means that they mainly eat fruit. A few species of bats are carnivores, feeding on larger vertebrates. Three species get sustenance from blood. So now you now what bats eat!
Facts About Bats
- Bats have been known to fly into wind turbines. They are more likely to fly into them than birds.
- About 0.5% of bats carry rabies.
- Chiroptophobia is the fear of bats.
- In the United Kingdom, all species of bats are protected under law (the Wildlife and Countrysides Act). Disturbing a bat in its natural environment can be punished with very heavy fines.
- Many people put up ‘bat houses’ to attract bats (just like ‘birdhouses’ are built by some people to attract birds).
- Bats are the only mammals that are capable of sustained flight. Other mammals that fly, such as flying squirrels or gliding possums, can only fly for short periods of time.
- The Giant golden-crowned flying fox is the largest of all species of bats. It weighs approximately 3 pounds (1.2kg).
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