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Exploring the World of Bats

There are approximately 1,200 different types of bats on Earth! Bats are best known for their echolocation, which is the ability to sense objects using sound.

In the United States, there are 40 species of bats. They are usually found in the southwestern parts where it is warm, as they don't prefer cold environments. Bats sleep in caves in large groups called colonies. This provides them with extra protection and helps keep them warm.

Most bats eat scorpions, spiders, and other insects they can find on the ground. Baby bats drink milk from their mothers. There are also fruit-eating bats, while other species are meat-eaters that feed on small rodents and tree frogs. Additionally, there's the common fear of vampire bats, which enjoy feeding on the blood of larger animals such as cattle or, in rare cases, humans!

Bats can use their thumbs to eat food and climb surfaces. While scientists are not entirely sure how fast bats can fly, they have estimated that bats can fly around 11 to 21 miles per hour. The smallest bat has a wingspan of about six inches and weighs 0.07 ounces. The largest bat has a wingspan of about five feet and weighs 2.2 pounds.

Although many people believe that bats are scary due to their reputation, especially vampire bats, these creatures are actually very shy and rarely attack humans! Bats are interesting and fun nocturnal animals—maybe you'll be able to spot them sometime!

[Source: Animal Britannica ]

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