When it comes to things that move around at night, bats are definitely among them. Now we aren’t talking about the children’s superhero, Batman. Instead, we are talking about the actual animal. Bats are one of the most mystical creatures out there. So much so that there are many incorrect pieces of information on them. With that said, do you know the saying, as blind as a bat? Well, unlike this saying you should know that bats aren’t actually blind. That’s right, they can actually see. But now that you know that, we can take a deeper look into facts on bats.
The first and most interesting fact about bats is that there are over 1400 different species of them. That’s right, there are over 1400 species of bats all over the world. With that, bats can be found in every part of the world except in extreme deserts and polar regions. You should also know that bats come in a variety of different sizes. Some are really small and weigh less than a penny and some can even have a wingspan of up to six feet. You may be surprised to know that the US and Canada are home to over 40 species of bats alone.
It is a well-known fact that much like bears, bats hibernate during winter. However, what you may not know is that not all bats actually hibernate. That’s right, not all bats spend the winter sleeping in caves. Some bats actually survive the winter by migrating to warmer destinations in search of food. Now, this last fact may be a real shocker. As creepy as bats are, without them we wouldn’t have a number of our favorite fruits. There are over 300 fruits that depend on the pollination of bats. Bats actually help spread seeds which in turn gives us the fruits that we love.