Posts tagged ‘Bats’

Why do bats hang upside down?

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As a rule, bats sleep during the day and fly about at night.

To sleep, they hang themselves upside down in a cave or hollow trees, with their wings draped around their bodies like cloaks.

Bats are clumsy on the ground because their feet and legs are not suited for walking.

When a bat rests, the easiest thing for it to do is to hang on, head down.

The bat’s toes bend inward and end in book like claws—just what the bat needs to hang securely from almost any rough surface, such as the roof of a cave.

The mother bat carries her young with her.  The babies hang on tightly with their claws and teeth as the mother flies about hunting for food.

When the bat babies grow too big to carry, the mother hangs them up by their feet on the perch when she goes out. – Dick Rogers

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Why do bats fly at night?

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Some birds and many animals, including bats, are adapted for living mostly at night.  Why  are some animals more active at certain times of the night or day?

The answer to this question is usually found in the kind of food the animal likes to eat.

Most bats are insect eaters.  During the day, bats sleep hanging from the ceilings of caves or buildings.

At sunset the bats leave their daytime shelter for a nighttime of hunting insects, which they catch while flying.

Bats have a built-in “radar system” that enables them to chase insects through thick forests on the darkest night without bumping into anything.

While flying, a bat makes a twittering sound that is so high-pitched that a human cannot hear it.

The sound bounce off objects and echo back to the bat’s keen ears.  Bu listening to the echoes, the bat can locate a flying insects and dodge objects in its path on its food seeking travels. – Dick Rogers