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Bats in a palm tree in Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman
Bats in a palm tree in Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman
Bats in a palm tree in Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman
Golden crowned fruit bat (Acerodon jubatus)
Bats are found all around the world and there are hundreds of different species of bat, living in caves and forests, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere. The bumblebee bat found in the jungles of Thailand, is the smallest mammal in the world and weighs less than a penny!

Bats hunt at night using their exceptional sight to pick out their prey, generally insects, frogs and small rodents. The size of bat varies with the species, but some bats can have a wingspan of over 2 meters, like the Indonesian giant flying fox! Smaller bat species can be as little as only 2 cm.

The Niah Caves in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, on the tropical island of Borneo, is particularly famous for the sightings of thousands of bats. Oddly enough the enormous quantities of the bat's dung (known as guano), is one of the things that draws so many people towards bats!

Some species of bat are known to fly at extreme heights, sometimes up to 2 miles above the ground! The bats senses are so fine tuned that it is thought that some bats can hear footsteps 6 miles away.

Bats have a slight sixth sense known as echolocation. This means that the bat creates a series of supersonic sounds, which the bat then uses to locate prey by the sounds that are reflected back to them.

Unlike most species of animal, bats are found in any environment around the world excluding the polar regions. Despite what myths you may have heard, only three species of bat feed on animal blood and they all live in the deep jungles of South America, not Transylvania.


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Bat Translations

Bulgarian български език
Прилепи
 
Catalan Català
Ratapinyada
 
Czech Cesky
Letouni
 
Danish Dansk
Flagermus
 
German Deutsch
Fledertiere
 
English English
Bat
 
Spanish Español
Murciélago
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Ĥiropteroj
 
Finnish Suomi
Lepakot
 
French Français
Chauve-souris
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
עטלפים
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Netopiri
 
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Kelelawar
 
Italian Italiano
Chiroptera
 
Limburgian Limburgs
Vliermuis
 
Dutch Nederlands
Vleermuis
 
Norwegian Norsk
Flaggermus
 
Japanese 日本語
コウモリ
 
Polish Polski
Nietoperze
 
Portuguese Português
Morcego
 
Swedish Svenska
Fladdermöss
 
Finnish Suomi
Lepakot
 
Turkish Türkçe
yarasa
 
Chinese 中文
蝙蝠
 

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Bat Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Chiroptera
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Microchiroptera
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Emballonuridae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Chiroptera
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
3cm - 180cm (1.2in - 71in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
2g - 1,000g (0.07oz - 35oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
40km/h (25mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
10 - 30 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Pack
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Mice
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Woodland and caves
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Mice, Frogs, Fruit
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Owls, Eagles, Snakes
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Large ears detect prey using echolocation and have strong, flexible wings

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