A bat can draw a lot of attention when put
on display, for obvious reasons... its terrifying!
Bats are the only mammal that can fly with a
wing span that can reach up to about six feet.
A common misconception is that bats are not
blind, but this is not true. Bats can actually
see very well, its just that most see in black
and white, not color. For their survival, bats
depend on very good hearing to find food, maneuver
around in the dark, and locate their babies.
They are capable of doing this with "Bat
Radar" Or echolocation
which is similar to radar, the bats emit very
high frequency vocalizations through its mouth
and sometimes nose as it flies. Though bats
are hated and feared buy some people, they may
also be the single best controller of the insect
kingdom. Bats may eat as many as 600 mosquito-size
insects in an hour. An average size bat colony
may eat 1/2 million insects in one evening.
More closely related to primates and people than
they are to rodents, bats are actually very clean
and groom themselves similar to cats. Bats can
be found in almost every part of the world except
where it is very, very hot or in the really cold
areas and on some remote islands. They live on
all continents except Antarctica. The framed bat
in a wood picture box we offer is a great gift
for any occasion and is a real hit at Halloween!