Bats: Any Questions?

Ilustrations for Frequently Asked Questions about Bats, by Rose Hauk, published by Western National Parks Association.

Q: Why do bats hang upside down?
A: Bats hang upside down because their ‘hands’ have become wings (see the illustration above comparing bone anatomy) and it's easy for them to hang by their feet. It also makes it easy to take off flying quickly. But bats don’t have to hang upside down. Some sleep either on their front or lying on their back in a horizontal crack.

Bat anatomy illustration

Bat anatomy

Illustration comparing the bones of a human arm, bird wing, and bat wing

Comparing the bones of a human arm, bird wing, and bat wing

How bat radar can tell if an object is statioery, approaching, or moving away.

Illustration showing how bat radar can tell if an object is standing still, approaching, or moving away.

 

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  6. Woodchester Bats
    September 25, 2014

    Paul, thank you for an excellent picture showing the bonw structure of a bat. I have put a link to this page on Woodchester Bats facebook page

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  7. Saravanakumar.P
    September 22, 2014

    This is great… I love anything relating to bats, and this is the start of some very good material to educate people about these very misun­der­stood yet benev­olent animals.

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    February 20, 2013

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