“Fun Facts About Bats – What Do Bats Eat? Are Bats Endangered?”
Below are just a few of the many fun facts about bats. Bats are incredibly intelligent and have been known to survive in most every environment in the world. Bats are extremely needed to control the balance of insects in the world. They also provide a food source for other animals such as hawks and owls.
Fun Facts about Bats:
- 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!