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Hang Out with Bats *Report Writing for Senior Classes
Although bats have wings and can fly like birds, they are mammals. This means that, unlike birds, they feed their young with milk produced by the mother. The scientific name for bats is Chiroptera, which means ‘winged hand’. There are over 950 different types of bat in the world.
Bats can be found in all parts of the world, on all continents except Antarctica, although most types of bat live in warm countries. They roost in caves, hollow trees and buildings – anywhere where it is dark and warm. Sometimes they even live underneath bridges. Bats are nocturnal animals; they sleep during the day and forage for food during the night. When they sleep, they hang upside down, using their feet to grasp onto a twig or ledge.
The different types of bat in the world eat a wide variety of foods. Sometimes it is easy to tell what a bat eats just by its name, e.g. Fruit Bat and Fishing Bat. However, insects are the most common bat food. A single bat can catch 600 mosquitoes in just one hour.
Bats which hunt for live food do so at night. They cannot see their prey in the darkness, so they use a technique called echolocation. By making high-pitched clicking and squeaking sounds, they can judge how close things are by how quickly the sound bounces back to them. If there is no echo, then they know that there is nothing to eat nearby.
Many bats hibernate during the winter. When they wake in the spring, the females give birth to babies called pups. Normally a bat mother will have only one baby at a time, like a human mother, but sometimes they have twins. When they are born, the pups are hairless and tiny, but they have strong claws so that they can hang on to the ledge while their mothers are hunting. They grow quickly, and some types of bat can fly and hunt for themselves when they are just one month old.
Although they are very useful animals, due to the way they control insects and help to reseed plants, many bats are in danger of extinction. Of the fourteen species of bats which live in Britain today, two are endangered and nine others are threatened.