The Bumblebee Bat

The Bumblebee bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) is the smallest bat as well as the smallest mammal in the world. This bat’s common name is the Bumblebee bat but its other name is the Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat. These bats are extremely small; they are approximately 1 inch in length, and their weight is less than two grams! They live inside limestone caves in bamboo forests. Before you get too excited about this bat they only live in Thailand. The Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat gets its name because it has a flat pig-like nose. These bats live in groups of about a 100 and the maximum in a group is 500; compared to other bat colonies these are pretty small. These bats were only discovered in the 1970’s so there is a lot more to find out. If you want to read some more about the Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat I found two articles you might enjoy! If you want to know, “the Bumblebee Bat” was the answer to the Jeopardy question a few months back!

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The Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) – the common name is the Bumblebee bat.

 

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Baby Bats

I thought that we should have a blog post just about baby bats! Besides being absolutely adorable, the bats mother can smell their baby out of a colony of thousands of other baby bats. Baby bats have to survive being put up on the roof of the cave by their mothers and not falling down, because if they do it is certain death. Enough of the sadness, here are some extremely cute baby bats to look at. This is an article  from Mental Floss about a clinic for baby bats and make sure to watch the video!  I hope this post made your day!

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Barro Colorado Island

Barro Colorado Island is an extremely special place for finding bats because it has the highest population of bats in the world. This island has 74 bat species, while the USA only has 47! It is incredible to think that 3,800 acre island can have that many bats! No one knows why this island has so many bats, but researchers are trying to find out now. I really want to go to Barro Colorado Island so I can see all of the bats there, but it is in Panama. I found a few articles on the bats there – this article  talks about of one researchers that works on on the island. This article that I found talks mostly about the bats that live there.

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This Pale Faced Bat (Phylloderma Stenops) is one of the many bats that call Barro Colorado Island their home.

 

Bat Gardens

Bat gardens are a great way to attract bats to your home. I have been thinking about planting a bat garden for a while but I haven’t yet. One of the reasons that I want to have a bat garden is that I live in a place that does not have a lot of bats. To have a bat garden you must have a water source and you must have some plants that smell good to bats at night, and there are some more requirements besides these two.  I also recommend having a bat house in your yard as well. I do not know who would not want these amazing bats flying around their yard at night. If you want to learn more about having your own bat garden here are some websites to look at: bat gardens in the UKhow to start a bat garden in the USA, and bat housesbat flower

Megabats

I found a very informative article that has good basic information on Megabats; the website is called Bats Rule. I found the article a while ago and I thought that I should post fruit-batit! I think that people would learn a lot from the article. In my opinion Megabats are some of the cutest bats ever – I love how their ears move!  I hope you like the Bats Rule website –  Enjoy!

Honduran White Bats

 This is the Honduran White Bat or a Tent Making Bat, it is the most adorable bat you will probably ever find. If you are afraid of bats, this one white batwill make your heart melt. These bats are 3.7-4.7 cm long, and they live in leafs. The picture shows that on the midrib of the leaf the bats nibbled some of it off so they could roost. The Honduran White bat is white because the green of the leaf reflects onto there fur so it acts as camouflage. I hope you love this bat as much or more than I do! if you want to learn some more about the Honduran White bat, hear is a  video  you can watch about them and an article about these amazing bats!

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The Florida Bonneted Bat

The Florida Bonneted bat or formerly known as Wagner’s Mastiff bat, was thought to be extinct, but in December of 2015 local researchers found a colony of eleven Florida Bonneted bats in a tree in Big Cypress Natural Preserve. The Florida Bonneted bat was put on the federally endangered list in 2013, this species is of special concern because there are less than 1,000 Florida Bonneted bats flying over the sunshine state. If you want to read more about the this bat go to this website, and if you want to read the article about the researchers finding the Florida Bonneted bat this is it.

Handout shows an injured Florida bonneted bat recuperating at Zoo Miami

White-Nose Syndrome

This article is about White-nose syndrome, wns_brownbats_ryanvonlinden_nydep_2008what it is, and what it does. White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a cold loving white fungus that grows on a bat’s wings, and face. The reason that this kills millions of bats pear year is because the fungus uses up the bats energy and wakes them up from hibernation or hibernacula. When they get woken up form hibernation, the bats go out of the cave and start looking for food. There is none, however, because there is still snow on the ground. Because of using all their energy, there not being any food, and it is still freezing cold, they can not survive.

WNS can spread quickly because bats fly to different caves and the bats roost extremely close to each other. If you want some good news about WNS go to this website. If you want some other places that WNS has been or is going, go to this website . If you want even more information come to this website. I hope you all have a batty New Year!