Bats are commonly preyed upon by other nocturnal animals such as owls and hawks who can fly silently undetected and capture them while still in flight. Snakes are also another well-camouflaged predator of fruit-eating bats.Know More
Bats may be particularly vulnerable to snakes when they are roosting in bat houses that are accessible. Snakes are skilled climbers with the ability to lie in wait at the opening of bat caves. Weasels, raccoons, mink and even some tarantulas are opportunistic hunters that also find bats to be a tasty meal.
However, man is the biggest threat to bats. Trapping, human encroachment and the resultant destruction of habitat has taken a toll. In some countries where bats are considered a viable food source, hunting poses a serious threat to bat populations.Learn more about Bats
Bat flying speeds vary by the species, but they can range from 12 mph up to 40 to 60 mph. The Mexican free-tailed bat is one of the fastest, flying at speeds up to 60 mph.Full Answer >
Bats migrate when the food supply becomes depleted in their current environment. Bats often migrate to the same places; however, not all bats migrate. Some species of bats choose to hibernate when the food supply runs low.Full Answer >
Bats do have eyes. Fruit bats have very large eyes that help them navigate in deep darkness and find their preferred foods. It is only the group of bats known as Microchiropterans that rely mainly on echolocation, but even these bats have eyes.Full Answer >
Although some bats are omnivores, most eat insects, which makes them insectivores. Large bats that live in tropical regions and rain forests feed on fruit, so they are herbivores. A smaller number of bats have different diets and consume foods such as frogs, fish, scorpions and plant nectar.Full Answer >