Bat wings are much thinner than that of birds making them able to maneuver more rapidly and accurately in the air than birds. The membrane between their digits can regenerate and small tears heal very quickly.
Bats represent about 20% of all mammal species with approximately 1,420 species worldwide. Bats are classified into 2 suborders: Megabats and microbats. Megabats are largely fruit eating and microbats consume mostly insects. 70% of bats are insectivores while most of the remaining are fruit eaters. There are some bats that eat fish and frogs and, of course, the Vampire Bat that feeds exclusively on blood.
Wing spans can range anywhere from 5 inches (Kitti's Hog Nose Bat) all the way up to 5 feet (Golden Flying Fox). Microbats (i.e., the Little Brown Bat) are highly specialized and use echo-location, similar to sonar, to navigate and to locate food. Megabats (Golden Flying Fox) rely on their sense of smell to hunt and navigate primarily by sight.
Bats perform important roles in nature by pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds.
Bats As Nuisance Pests
I Have Bats: Are They Dangerous? What Do I Do?
Bats themselves pose little threat to a homeowner. There is risk of fungal disease from their guano (droppings) which, if breathed in, can cause lung impairments. Bats also carry parasites which have their own set of diseases associated with them.
The risk of rabies is relatively low estimated at .5% by the Centers for Disease Control. That breaks down to approx. 1 bat in 200 that will carry the disease. It doesn't sound like much but rabies is fatal in humans without immediate treatment. For more info go to jarrods.net/bats
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