Blog: Biology 9th class – Bats 20/11/20

Once again this is another topic we didn’t have time to do before the school closed, but do not worry, we can do it now!! I am sure you are all very excited. Please download and look at the lesson 6 presentation as this post is a supplement to the topic of bats. In this post we will look at some top bat facts, that I hope will help you to understand more about these interesting mammals and learn something new too.

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There are over 1000 different bat species. Can you believe it? That a lot of different types of bats.

Bats are the only mammals that can fly, sure other can glide like the sugar glider but only bats can actually fly.

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Bats are nocturnal (active at night).

Bats are not blind but they do not use their eyes to see in the dark. They have a special skill called echolocation. Bats make noises and wait for the sound waves to bounce back off objects (an echo), if it doesn’t bounce back then they can safely fly forward. They can tell the distance of various objects by how quickly the sound waves bounce back to them. Very clever isn’t it?

Most bats feed on insects, while others eat fruit, fish or even blood! Yes that’s right some bats live off blood. Maybe you think bats are cute and sure they can be but maybe some of them are the stuff of nightmares, these are called vampire bats!

A picture of a common vampire bat head
vampire bat

There are 3 species of vampire bats which feed solely on blood.Vampire bats have small and extremely sharp teeth which are capable of piercing an animal’s skin (humans included) without them even noticing.Vampire bats can carry rabies, making their bites potentially dangerous.

Some bats live by themselves while others live in caves with thousands of other bats.

Bats can live for over 20 years.

Pteropus bats (also known as flying foxes or fruit bats) are the largest in the world. Thank goodness these giant bats eat fruit and not meat, otherwise it would be pretty scary living with them!

The bumblebee bat or Kitti’s hog-nosed bat is the smallest bat in the world. It is about the size of a large bumblebee, weighing in at just two grams.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about bats. Please feel free to download the worksheet and try to answer some of the questions. Also check out the video below for some extra information. If you need any help with anything please as always send me a message and I will be happy to help you.

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