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.
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
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 >
Bats live in a variety of cool, dark places, including caves, tree and rock crevices, attics and sheds. Bats spend the entire day sleeping and venture out during the night time hours. They hibernate in the winter due to scarcity of food during the colder months.Full Answer >
The average lifespan of a bat is 20 years. This is a longer lifespan than most rodents of comparable size, which generally survive only one to two years.Full Answer >
The orange leaf-nosed bat is a small Australian bat that feeds on insects and has bright orange fur, with regional variations. It's native to the northern and northwestern parts of the continent. The bats weigh an average of 0.3 ounces and have an average body length of 2 inches, in addition to a tail length of 1 inch.Full Answer >