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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: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

Bat Location

Map of Bat Locations

Bat

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.

Bat Translations

български език
Прилепи
Català
Ratapinyada
Cesky
Letouni
Dansk
Flagermus
Deutsch
Fledertiere
English
Bat
Español
Murciélago
Esperanto
Ĥiropteroj
Suomi
Lepakot
Français
Chauve-souris
עִבְרִית
עטלפים
Hrvatski
Netopiri
Bahasa Indonesia
Kelelawar
Italiano
Chiroptera
Limburgs
Vliermuis
Nederlands
Vleermuis
Norsk
Flaggermus
日本語
コウモリ
Polski
Nietoperze
Português
Morcego
Svenska
Fladdermöss
Türkçe
yarasa
中文
蝙蝠

Bat Comments

jaylin
"cute"
lillian
"I love bats there so cute"
Emily-lily Smith
"This is very helpful thank you very much"
,\maeve mcElwee
"bats are helpful and the world would be a harder and worse with out them but are being killed by people placing bat boxes in places where pretaders may be and wind meals drowning there ecolocaiton"
maeve
"bats are going away I don't want that"
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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