Top 10 Interesting Facts About Bats

Bats are one of my favorite animals. I figured, since no one has made a list about them, why not make one! Bats are quite fascinating creatures. Did you know there are over 1,400 species of them? Even more species are being discovered today.

They are also more important than you might think. Bats eat insects and pollinate plants. They play an important role in keeping the ecosystem healthy and balanced.

Anyway, let's dive deeper into the top ten facts about the one and only flying mammal.
The Top Ten
1 Bats have a lifespan of up to 30 years

Thats quite a long time for a small animal.

2 The Brazilian free-tailed bat can fly at speeds of up to 100 km/h (62 mph)
3 Bats can find their food in total darkness with ease using echolocation
4 A single bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour
5 More than half of the bat species in the US are in severe decline or listed as endangered
6 Bats hibernate in caves during winter, a state known as torpor
7 Guano, also known as bat droppings, is one of the richest fertilizers
8 The largest bat, known as the giant golden-crowned flying fox, lives in the Philippines
9 Most bat species only have one pup a year
10 In Texas, The Bracken Bat Cave is home to the world's largest bat colony, with more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats
The Contenders
11 Not all bat species hibernate
12 There are over 1,400 species of bats worldwide
13 Bats are the leading cause of rabies deaths in people in the United States
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