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MYTHS

  • Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind, they have superior vision.
  • Bats are NOT related to rodents; they are closely related to monkeys and the Old World fruit bats may soon be reclassified as primates. Bats have their own scientific classification, Chiropteran (meaning hand-wing).
  • No bat sucks blood- vampire bats lap blood (see section on vampires).
  • Bats do not attack people, even a sick bat will not attack, IF it is left alone.
  • Bats do not multiply like rabbits, they give birth to a single young per year.
  • Bats do not get tangled in hair. They are too intelligent to get tangled in anything let alone your hair. Bats can detect an object as fine as a human hair using echolocation.
  • Bats are exceptionally clean grooming 8 hours each day.

RABIES

  • Less than of 1% of bats ever CONTRACT rabies; bats are NOT carriers they simply contract the virus the same way you or I or a dog or cat or horse or cow might contract it.
  • How the virus works
  • Grounded bats not all grounded bats are sick as the media would have you believe. It may be a very young bat that became dehydrated or a very old bat that became exhausted in his journey back from winter migration or an injured bat. There are a number of reasons why a bat may be grounded.
  • Protect yourself, protect them, wear gloves.

IDENTIFICATION

  • Little Brown Bat: L: 2.44.0 WS: 911 WT: 0.20.5 oz. Glossy pale tan to dark brown; evenly colored. Ears small, pointed, and black; nose slightly pointed; long hairs on toes. Flies low, 10-20 ft; erratic flight.
  • Big Brown Bat: L: 3.5-5.5 WS: 13-16 WT: 0.4-0.8 oz. Color varies light to dark brown. Ears and nose rounded. Wings, tail, ears, and nose lack fur, and are very dark. Flight is straight, steady, at 20-30 ft; slow wing beat.
  • Eastern Red Bat: L: 3.6-4.6 WS: 11-13 WT: 0.2-0.6 oz. Bright orange-brown to reddish-brown; white on chest. Tail is furred. Long pointed wings. Low flight is swift; high flight fluttery.
  • Tri colored Bat: L: 3.0-3.6 WS: 8-10 WT: 0.2-0.4 oz. Tri colored fur: base dark, middle lighter, tip dark. Color varies: pale yellow to silver gray to golden brown to black. Flight erratic, slow and weak, like a large moth
  • Northern Myotis: L: 3.2-3.8 WS: 9-11 WT: 0.2-0.4 oz. Pale to dark brown fur. Ears very large. Ears, wings and tail almost black. Flies mostly in forest.
  • Silver-haired Bat: L: 3.6-4.6 WS: 11-13 WT: 0.3-0.4 oz. Black with silver tipped fur, especially on back. Wings bare. Tail has light fur near body. Slow flying; looks like large moth.
  • Hoary Bat: L: 5.1-5.9 WS: 13-16 WT: 0.7-1.2 oz. Blackish brown or S at base of fur; tips are white. Tail is furred; ears short and round. Flight is swift and direct; not maneuverable. Large size is noticeable.
  • Evening Bat: L: 3.3-3.9 WS: 10-11 WT: 0.2-0.4 oz. Dark brown fur. Ears short; ears, wings and tail black. Medium to fast erratic flight.
  • Indiana Bat: L: 2.9-3.9 WS: 9-11 WT: 0.1-0.4 oz. Dark gray to dark brown, almost black; dull fur. Ears, wings and tail pinkish. Direct flight at 40ft. around trees.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org
Organization for Bat Conservation www.batconservation.org

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