WHAT DOES A BAT LOOK LIKE?
The diagram below shows the main parts of a bat.
bat illustration by Aletha Reppel, Bat Conservation International Educator's Activity Book
A BAT'S BODY DOES
THAT HELP IT LIVE.
EARS: Bats have very good hearing. They use it for finding food and locating their babies. For insect and fish eaters, the big ears help with echolocation. Usually, echoes are received by funnel-shaped ears that face forward.
NOSE: The sense of smell is well developed in most bats. It is used to find and identify certain foods and to recognize roost mates and young. Fruit eating bats can find their food by the smell of the ripening fruit. Nectar seeking bats gather pollen on their snout, and by going from flower to flower help create new plants.
Bats are not blind! For example, flying fox
bats have very good eyesight and they use their eyes along with
their excellent sense of smell to help find food in the dark. Bats'
eyes are better at seeing in the dark. Most see objects only in black
and white, but color vision is known to exist in some old world fruit
FEET: With their strong claws, bats are able to hang upside down in their roosts. Fishing bats also use their claws to scoop up the fish they will eat.
HANDS AND WINGS: Bats fly by using their hands and wings. While the wings are flapping, bats can go up or down by moving the membrane between the body and fifth finger. This is called "lift." Bats move forward (called "thrust") by changing the shape of the membrane between the second and fifth fingers.
FUR ON THEIR
can tell that a bat is a mammal because it has fur or hair on its body.
The fur protects the bat because different colors and designs can serve
as camouflage and they can hide from danger. The fur is kept clean
by regular licking, somewhat like what a cat does. In the winter it
helps keep the bat warm.
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