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FACTS ABOUT BATS AND AMAZING BAT TRIVIA!

IMPORTANT BAT FACTS...

1) Nearly 1,000 kinds of bats account for almost a quarter of all mammal species and most are highly beneficial. 2) A single little brown bat can catch 600 mosquitoes in just one hour. 3) A colony of 150 big brown bats can protect local farmers from up to 18 million or more rootworms each summer. 4) The 20 million Mexican free-tails from Bracken Cave, Texas, eat 250 tons of insects nightly. 5) Tropical bats are key elements in rain forest ecosystems, which rely on them to pollinate flowers and disperse seeds for count- less trees and shrubs. 6) In the wild, important agricultural plants, from bananas, bread- fruit and mangoes to cashew, dates and figs rely on bats for polli- nation and seed dispersal. 7) Tequila is produced from agave plants whose seed production drops to 1/3,000th of normal without bat pollinators. 8) Desert ecosystems rely on nectar-feeding bats as primary polli- nators of giant cacti, including the famous organ pipe and saguaro of Arizona. 9) Bat droppings in caves support whole ecosystems of unique organisms, including bacteria useful in detoxifying wastes, im- proving detergents, and producing gasohol and antibiotics. 10) An anticoagulant from vampire bat saliva may soon be used to treat human heart patients. 11) Contrary to popular misconceptions, bats are not blind, do not become entangled in human hair, and seldom transmit disease to other animals or humans. 12) All mammals can contract rabies; however, even the less than half of 1% of bats that do, normally bite only in self-defense and pose little threat to people who do not handle them. 13) Bats are exceptionally vulnerable to extinction, in part because they are the slowest reproducing mammals on earth for their size. Most produce only one young a year. 14) Nearly 40% of American bat species are in severe decline or al- ready listed as endangered. Losses are occurring at alarming rates worldwide.

AMAZING BAT TRIVIA...

1) The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand which weighs less than a penny. 2) Giant flying foxes that live in Indonesia have wingspans of nearly six feet. 3) The common little brown bat of North America is the world's longest-lived mammal for its size with life spans exceeding 32 years. 4) Mexican free-tailed bats sometimes fly up to two miles high to feed or to catch tailwinds that carry them over long distances at speeds of more than 60 miles per hour. 5) The pallid bat of western North America is immune to the stings of scorpions and even the seven-inch centipedes upon which it feeds. 6) Fishing bats have echolocation so sophisticated that they can detect a minnow's fin as fine as a human hair protruding only two millimeters above a pond's surface. 7) African heart-nosed bats can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from a distance of more than six feet. 8) Red bats, which live in tree foliage throughout most of North America, can withstand body temperatures as low as 23 degrees during winter hibernation. 9) Tiny woolly bats of West Africa live in the large webs of colonial spiders. 10) The Honduran white bat is snow white with a yellow nose and ears. It cuts large leaves to make "tents" that protect its small colonies from jungle rains. 11) Frog eating bats identify edible from poisonous frogs by listening to the mating calls of male frogs. Frogs counter by hiding and using short, difficult-to-locate calls. 12) Vampire bats adopt orphans and have been known to risk their lives to share food with less fortunate roost-mates. 13) Male epauleted bats have pouches in their shoulders that contain large, showy patches of white fur, which they flash during courtship to attract mates. 14) Mother Mexican free-tailed bats find and nurse their own young, even in huge colonies where many millions of babies cluster at up to 500 per square foot. We hope you have enjoyed learning about Bats. If you have any questions about bats or bat houses, please e-mail us or call on our toll free number - 1-800-877-7290. We were recently interviewed for a segment FOX 5 NEWS ran during their evening news program. The segment talked about bats, why they are good to have around the house and features owner Jonathan Schaefer along with some of the Bat Houses we have been selling. The segment is about 4 minutes long so we posted it as two files, each about 2 minutes long and about 5 Megs in size. If you have a high speed internet connection, you will be able to stream these files playing them as they download. However, if you are using a dial up connection, you will be better off downloading them first and then playing them in their entirety. Click on the link below to go to our Video Page where you will find these files or look below this link for the other pages of our on line catalog. The story was very positive for Bats and may just be showing a changing feeling amongst the general population when it comes to this misunderstood creature. CLICK HERE FOR OUR VIDEO PAGE AND THE BAT NEWS STORY !!

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