8 Quick Bat Facts

·         Contrary to popular belief, bats aren’t related to rodents or bird. They make up their own species, which is classified as chiropteran

·         Approximately 20% of all mammals are members of the chiropteran family, making it the second largest group of mammals. Only rodents have more individual species.

·         The word chiropteran translates to hand-wing

·         Each species of bat is either a megabat or a microbat

·         Just because a bat is labeled megabat, it doesn’t mean that they’re a flying fox bat. Some megabats are actually quite small.

·         Scientists use both the bats size and feeding habits to help classify a newly discovered species

·         70% of the currently classified bats are insect feeders

·         All bats play a vital role in the Earth’s ecology

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