Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fruit Bats

Fruit Bat Poster
Fruit Bats

What are bats? Some people think that bats are birds. Think again. Bats are not birds, they are mammals. Mammals are animals that have fur and feed their babies with milk. Birds are a different story. Birds have feathers and hunt food for their babies.

There are many different kinds of bats, but we are talking about fruit bats. Fruit bats eat avocados, bananas, dates, figs, guavas, bread fruit, peaches, mangoes, carobe, cloves, cashews, balas, and tequila. Fruit bats can live in Egypt, Gambia, and other warm places.

Baby fruit bats are about as big as baby mice.  The smallest fruit bats' wing span is about as long as a young mouse. The largest fruit bats' wing span is about as big as a 5.6 foot mommy. Most fruit bats have large eyes, allowing them to orient themselves visually in twilight and inside caves and forests.  Their sense of smell is excellent.

In contrast to the micro bats, the fruit bats don't use eco-location, with one exception, the Egyptian fruit bat Rousettus egyptiacus which uses high pitched clicks  to navigate  in caves.

Say bye to the fruit bats. Bye bye fruit bats.