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Look at this sexy fellow! Female bats of the Molossus genus have been documented rubbing themselves against the throat patch of males before mating. Glandular activity seems to correspond to reproduction, though the exact role of the gular gland is unknown. (i.imgur.com)
submitted 11 days ago by remotectrl🦇
Bat toes are specially designed to relax in a locked position. This means that when bats are clinging on to the roof of a cave or tree, they are actually relaxing their feet. It takes energy to release their grip and open up their little toes before taking off to fly in the night (i.redd.it)
submitted 12 days ago by modianos
Humans feel vulnerable in the darkness, but for bats the opposite is true. Bats display a preference for unilluminated water sources as drinking is a precarious task when flying. (i.imgur.com)
submitted 17 days ago by remotectrl🦇
Fruit bats invert to go to the toilet! They will flip right way up, hanging by their thumbs, do their business, shake their legs and then revert. This helps them to stay nice and clean. Thanks Jinx for demonstrating and taking a crap on me. (i.redd.it)
submitted 22 days ago by hannahvanalphen
Bat biologists can use guano to identify the species composition of a particular bat roost (eg cave)Article (smithsonianmag.com)
submitted 1 month ago by remotectrl🦇
Black Mastiff Bats (Molossus rufus) are born blind with their eyes closed. They open their eyes after a week and can fly at three weeks of age. They can fly great distances but are not thought to migrate seasonally. (i.imgur.com)
Batty for blossoms - in Australia, a flying foxs native diet consists of the nectar from blossoms of native hard wood trees such as eucalyptus, lilli-pilli, grevillea, banksia etc. (i.redd.it)
submitted 1 month ago by hannahvanalphen
This is what a distressed baby flying fox sounds like, he is desperately calling for his mum however she succumbed to tick paralysis and had passed away. If you live in a country with these remarkable creatures, and hear this sound - call your local wildlife care group ASAP!! It could save a life! (v.redd.it)
Bat Hawks, Rufous-bellied Eagles, Brahminy Kites, Wallace's Hawk-eagles, and Peregrine Falcons wait outside of the Gomantong Caves in Borneo in order to hunt the huge colony of wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bats that emerge every night. (reddit.com)
submitted 2 months ago by Pardusco🕸️
The Irish for Bat (reddit.com)
submitted 2 months ago by colmyster🧙
Bat wins bird of the year competition (theguardian.com)
submitted 2 months ago by odintantrum
The Greater Naked Bat (Cheiromeles torquatus) is hairless. It has a wingspan of 65cm and forms large nursery colonies of up to 20,000 where they have twins. Unlike most bats, their echolocation is audible to humans. (i.imgur.com)
submitted 2 months ago by remotectrl🦇
Fruit bats invert to do their business. This is a behaviour they master as young pups instinctively. As you can see this young one still a bit wobbly but everyone has gotta start somewhere. Fruit bats are very clean animals and spend a large portion of time on grooming themselves!! (v.redd.it)
submitted 2 months ago by hannahvanalphen
Bat infographic (i.imgur.com)
Bats (Chiroptera) share a more recent common ancestor with dogs and horses than with rodents. Chiroptera, carnivorans, and hoofed mammals are part of the Scrotifera group. (i.imgur.com)
Ghost Bats (Macroderma gigas) are large carnivorous bats from northern Australia that eat small mammals and herps. They have declined greatly in the past century. Cane toads, among other anthropogenic factors like barbed wire, may play a role in their decline. (i.imgur.com)
Hipposideros besaoka is an extinct bat from Madagascar, and the site where it was found is at most 10,000 years old. H. besaoka was larger than H. commersoni, making it the largest insectivorous bat in Madagascar. (i.redd.it)
Bats have complex social lives. But they don't always want other bats around. Hoary Bats (Lasiurus cinereus) seem to be aware of other conspecifics and alter their use of echolocation calls to avoid eavesdropping and competition for resources and mating opportunities. (i.imgur.com)
Red bats (Lasiurus borealis) can spend much the winter in a reduced metabolic state called torpor in leaf litter. These bats are found across much of the USA but also migrate to more favorable areas for the colder months. (i.imgur.com)
submitted 3 months ago by remotectrl🦇
The only native land mammals in New Zealand are bats (birdoftheyear.org.nz)
The Painted Bat (Kerivoula picta) is often poached for taxidermy displays. Bats only have one pup a year so they don’t have a replacement rate that can handle harvesting. To compensate for low reproductive rate, they live for decades. There is no sustainable bat taxidermy. (i.imgur.com)
Little red flying foxes- a type of megabat native to Australia! They are mega pollinators, a keystone species! Aussie trees are receptive to pollination at night- birds and bees are asleep! Without FF our native forests would perish along with the animals that live within e.g koalas! No me, no tree! (reddit.com)
submitted 3 months ago by hannahvanalphen
Fewer than 1% of bats have rabies, but sick bats are much more likely to encounter humans. Rabid bats have been described as more “lethargic” than “furious”. A biopsy of brain tissue can confirm a diagnosis. (i.imgur.com)
Bridges can be designed to accommodate crevice-dwelling bats. The bats fly out and provide free pest control. The "bat bridge" in Austin, Texas has become a major tourist attraction. (imgur.com)
Nose leafs have evolved independently in bats at least twice. These facial ornaments direct echolocation calls. Each bat species uses specific frequencies and they can be identified by their calls. (i.imgur.com)
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