Because of their nocturnal nature and enhanced hearing, most people believe bats are blind.
But is that true? Here’s everything you need to know about the flying creatures.
Are bats blind?
Contrary to what most people believe, bats are not generally blind — and are even thought to have keener eyesight than most humans.
This misconception stems from their nocturnal nature and enhanced hearing abilities as they hunt in the middle of the night – when lighting conditions are incredibly dim.
Bats are able to do this because their small and sensitive eyes are attuned to low light conditions – which helps them find prey.
What do bats eat?
There are almost 1000 different species of bats – so it’s not surprising that bats eat many different types of food.
The majority of bats eat insects such as beetles, moths and mosquitoes – these are known as insectivores.
However, some bats enjoy eating fruits, seeds and bee pollen and are known to be fruit eaters – with some of their favorite foods including figs, dates and bananas.
And some of you might be surprised to know that only a small minority of bats eat other animals — including eating other bats.
Known as vampire bats, these bats all live in Central and South America — and rely on about two teaspoons of blood a day, which they usually get from cows, sheep, and horses.
Do bats hibernate?
If you observed a year in the life of a bat, you would spend most of the colder winter months watching them hibernate.
During the first few months of the year, bats hibernate due to lower body temperatures, slower respiration, and lower metabolic rates.
They then spend the warmer spring and summer months actively, feeding, hunting – and female bats begin to form maternity colonies.
As the winter months come back, bats begin hibernating again from November to December to conserve energy during the colder winter months.
But even during hibernation, bats can leave their roosting site on warmer nights to find food and water.
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