Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a group of bats
A. A group of bats is called a "colony."
What is a baby bat
A. A baby bat is known as a "pup."
I've found a bat. What
should I do?
A. Leave it alone! Do not handle or pick it up! Contact Animal Control
or your state/country's Fish and Wildlife Services. Bats are wild
animals and should never be touched. They are mammals and like
all mammals they can get rabies.
do bats hang upside down?
A. Bats have evolved into hanging upside down for two main reasons.
First, they can get high up and away from their predators and
enemies. Secondly, by just turning loose and flapping their wings
they get "instant flight."
I get more information about a specific
A. Just click here.
Can I get bats from an
animal store to
A. No. Bats are considered a protected species and it's against
the law to keep bats unless you are a licensed wildlife
handler/rehabilitator. Bats are not pets and cannot be
kept as such.
How do I get bats out of my
A. Bat Conservation International offers advice on excluding bats
from buildings. Click here to get to that site. You can also
contact your state/country's Fish and Wildlife Services and discuss
the situation with them. But never try to catch the bat(s) yourself.
What artificial means can I use to
attract bats to my new bat
A. None! Bats are independent animals and if they find the bat house
attractive they'll move in. Be sure to check out whether or not bats
are actually in your area before building a bat house. Also check the
conditions needed to assure the bat house will be attractive.
Click here to get that information.
How can I build
a bat house?
A. Free plans for building a bat house are available from Bat Conservation
International. Click here to obtain plans that you can print out.
What kinds of enemies do bats
A. Humans are the biggest threat to bats today. But bat's natural
predators include owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, raccoons,
wildcats and snakes.
How long do bats normally
A. Most bats live about 10 years.
What do bats do when the weather turns
A. In the cold climates bats either hibernate or migrate to warmer
locations. Bats living in the tropical zones stay active year round.
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