Norma Venable Program Specialist - Retired
Bats are beneficial. They eat insects and pollinate plants and play an important role in keeping ecosystems healthy and in balance. Many myths are associated with bats, such as the saying “blind as a bat.” This isn’t true. Bats can see quite well. Another myth is that bats get caught in people’s hair. They don’t. Nor are bats destructive pests like rats and mice. In fact, a colony of bats could cut down on unwanted mosquitoes around
Bats are unique animals. Here are some interesting facts about bats:
There are nearly 1,000 species of bats in the world. However, bats are basically tropical animals and only about 40 kinds of bats live in North America.
Bats have been around a long time, since
the age of dinosaurs.
resembled those living today.
the most extreme desert and regions, bats today live in almost kind of habitat worldwide.
your house and help keep your garden free of insects.
Bats are useful animals and the best protection for them is for us to learn more about them. Browse this Web page to learn more about these subjects relating to bats:
interesting facts about bats
what bats really are
insect-eating bats and how bats catch prey by echolocation
bat biology and lifestyles
bats and rabies
bats in houses--use of bat boxes
description of the 13 species of bats found in West Virginia
where to learn more about bats.
bat, a colorful
yellow nose and
large leaves to
make “tents” to
Bats eat a variety of foods from flower nectar to fish, small mammals, and insects. Bats also come in an array of colors and sizes and shapes. The spotted bat, which lives in Texas, is black with
Bats have some amazing abilities:
system so minnow’s
sophisticated they can detect a fin as fine as a human hair.
Hibernating little brown bats can stop
breathing for hibernation to
reduce their energy needs.
Townsend’s-big eared bats