Do Bats Drink Blood?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about by Barbara A. Schmidt-French

By Barbara A. Schmidt-French

Bat biologist Barbara A. Schmidt-French and author Carol A. Butler provide a compendium of insightful proof approximately bats during this obtainable and expertly written question-and-answer quantity. Numbering multiple thousand species in our global this present day, bats within the wild are regularly unthreatening. Like such a lot different mammals, bats are curious, affectionate, or even playful with one another.

Highly useful animals, bats are severe to international ecological, financial, and public future health. Do Bats Drink Blood? illuminates the function bats play within the atmosphere, their advanced social habit, and the way they drift throughout the evening sky utilizing their acute hearingùecholocation abilities that experience helped within the improvement of navigational aids for the blind. own in voice with the point of view of a talented bat researcher, this publication explores wideranging subject matters in addition to universal questions humans have approximately bats, supplying a trove of interesting facts.

Featuring infrequent colour and black-and-white pictures, together with a few via popular biologist, photographer, and writer Merlin Tuttle, Do Bats Drink Blood? offers a complete source for basic readers, scholars, academics, zoo and museum fans, farmers and orchardists, or someone who could stumble upon or be interested by those notable animals.

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A few bats are active mainly at night but leave their daytime roosts before sunset, including the Central American greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata) and the North American canyon bat (Parastrellus hesperus). And finally, migrating bats are also sometimes observed flying during the day, contradicting the misconception that all bats only fly at night. Question 5: What do bats do during the day? A nswer: A few species of bats fly and feed during the day, but most are active primarily at night.

There are also several species of carnivorous “false” vampire bats, including the African false vampire bat (Cardioderma cor), which eats beetles, centipedes, scorpions, and sometimes other smaller bats. The carnivorous Australian giant false vampire bat (Macroderma gigas) eats mostly mice, but also birds, reptiles, and other bats as well as insects. This bat is known to drop from its perch onto its prey, covering it with the wings and biting the head or neck to kill it. The Asian false vampire bat (Megaderma lyra) eats insects, spiders, rodents, birds, frogs, fish, and other bats as well.

In the summer, a few tri-colored bats (Perimyotis subflavus) can be found roosting together in leaves, or they can be found roosting in groups of up to thirty in buildings. ). As many as three hundred bats of some insect-eating species can squeeze together in one square foot. Question 7: What is bat guano? Answer: Guano is the term used to refer to the droppings (feces) of birds or bats. Bat guano contains the nutrients phosphorous and nitrogen that make it a good fertilizer. Guano from insect-eating bats contains about 10 percent nitrogen, 3 percent phosphorous, and 1 percent potassium.

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