The smallest mammal is Thailand’s bumble bee bat. It’s the size of a jelly bean and weighs less than a dime.
No, not one of the 900 kinds of bats is blind.
How much blood does a real vampire bat need to get by? Maybe a tablespoonful a day. But it usually only gathers blood every three nights.
Yes, “nights” ... those little beasts prefer to hunt on moonless nights.
How does the vampire bat know where to bite? Its nose is heat-sensitive. It goes for warmth ... where most blood is closest to the surface.
The sonar system of a bat in flight can pinpoint the whereabouts of a mosquito about 10-15 feet away.
A mother bat gives birth upside down.
Hibernating bats live 20 times longer than other mammals of the same weight.
“Flying foxes” is the name of the largest bats, native to the South Pacific islands. Some have four-foot wingspans. They eat fruit mainly and because of that are not allowed in the U.S. — not even in zoos. If any got loose and multiplied here, they could wipe out our orchards.
Since bats are terrestrial and light-boned, there are few fossilized remains.
Did you know...
There are four kinds of great apes: gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. Only the orangutan comes from Asia; the others all come from Africa.