Did you know?
- A single bat can eat 1,200 insects per hour.
- Bats that don’t eat insects help distribute fruit seeds and pollen.
- Scientists say over 95 percent of the rain forest regrowth can be contributed to bats.
Begin your lesson by reading one or more of the following books, then continue with a group discussion.
- Difference between a bird and a bat – Bats are mammals. They have live babies. Bats don’t lay eggs. Birds have feathers. Bats have a thin layer of skin called a membrane. Birds sleep at night. Bats sleep during the day.
- Life-cycle of a bat – pup (baby), adult – baby bats stay with the mother for one year.
- Where do bats live? – On every continent except Antarctica.
- What do bats eat? – 70 percent of bats eat insects. Some species eat fruit, nectar, meat, fish and animal blood. Find out how bats find their food.
- There are almost 1,000 species in the world. Forty live in the U.S. and Canada.
- Bats are the world’s only true flying mammal (flying squirrels don’t fly, they glide).
- Some bats are brown, but others are gray, yellow or red.
- Bats are not blind, but use echolocation to find food at night.
- Bat babies are called pups. A mother bat has only one or two babies each year.
- They live in family groups called colonies.
- Bats are not rodents.
- Half the bats species in the U.S. are threatened or endangered.