Fun Facts About Bats
“Fun Facts About Bats – What Do Bats Eat? Are Bats Endangered?”
- What Do Bats Eat? Bats eat between 500-2000 insects per hour depending on the species.
- Bats can carry rabies, but there is less than a one percent chance of getting rabies from a bat bite according to the CDC.
- More people die of dog attacks each year across the nation than rabies from bats.
- Are Bats Endangered? Most species of bats are on the decline while some are endangered.
- Little Brown Bat’s have been known to live for 31 years.
- For known bat colonies in the USA see Colony of Bats.
- During the life span of a single Little Brown Bat they will eat more the 45 million insects.
- Bats are very social and prefer to live in colonies.
- A pair of bats will have a baby in the late spring, sometimes twins.
- A baby bat will be flying in about 4-5 weeks.
- All bats have to learn to feed from Mom & Dad.
- Bats are the only mammals that can fly.
- Bats feed at night and are not discriminatory about what they eat. If it flies it’s dead!
- A bat’s heart rate during the night is around 1200 beats/minute while feeding.
- During the day, while at rest, they are in a state called “torpor”. During this time there heart rate is 1-2 beats per minute and they take 1-2 breaths per minute.
- Our desert ecosystems would fail without bats. The bats pollinate the saguaro, organ pipe cactus and the agave.
- Bats are the only pollinators of the agave that we make tequila from. Without bats we would have no tequila.
- The next time you slice a banana for your cereal or enjoy a mango thank a bat.
- The wild stocks of these fruits are dependent upon bats for their pollination and seed dispersal. Dates, breadfruits, cashews and figs are also dependent on bats.
- In 2013 it was estimated that the loss of bats would cost the agriculture industry over $3.6 billion dollars per year!