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Bats are omnivorous animals and are found almost everywhere in the world. Most of the bats live in caves and forests. They mainly hunt at night with their exceptionally amazing eyesight. Their main prey includes insects, mice, fruits and frogs.

Bats are mainly found in the colors of black, grey and brown. They use echolocation and enjoy the better use of their strong and flexible wings. They have very sharp hearing ability. Very few species of bats feed on animal blood, which are mainly found in deep forests of South America.


The metacarpal bone and the second and fifth toe of the forelimbs are elongated, and between these toes is a membrane, called "chiropatagium". The membrane extends from the toes to the body side and from there to the base of the hind limbs. The entire wing of a bat is called patagium. Many species also have a membrane between the hind limbs enclosing the tails.

The thumb and sometimes the second toe of the forelimbs wear claws, as do all five toes of the hind limbs. The rear claws enable the bat to hang itself on to a tree branch, a ledge or something else.

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Bat Cam
Bat Cam

Bat Video - Giant fruit bat
Giant Fruit Bat Video

Bat Video - Vampire bat
Vampire Bat Video

Counting Bats Video
How do you count animals that live in deep, dark caves?

Bat Thematic Unit
BATS: A resource for educators creating and delivering a thematic unit on bats. Many pages for students as well. Learn all you can about bats!

Bat Cam
You can see an infrared view of the bats and pre recorded bat cams

Bat Box
Links and resources for bat information..

Bat Quick Facts
There may be more myths about bats than any other animal. Some people think bats are blind bloodsuckers that fly into your hair and carry rabies

KidZone Bats
Bat facts, photos and printable activity sheets.

Bats: Wildlife Notebook Series
Bat species description from the Wildlife Notebook Series publication - Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Adventure of Echo the Bat
The Adventure of Echo the Bat is an interactive web site featuring an Interactive Adventure and Teacher's Guide, which combine to introduce students to remote sensing and biodiversity from a constructivist approach..

Bat Conservation and Management
This migratory bat frequents broad-leafed woodlands in Arizona and may require this habitat for roosting and for the insect life it supports for its food. Loss of riparian and broad-leafed forests may threaten the species.

Bat Conservation International

A Bat House page
Shows the building, assembly, and installation of a bat house.


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