Bat FAQs:

Q: Are bats mammals of the order Chiroptera whose forelimbs form webbed wings?

A: Yes, and making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight.

Q: Are bats sharply tuned to a specific frequency range?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats larger than microbats?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats primarily carnivorous?

A: Yes, and feeding on vertebrates.

Q: Are bats found in almost every habitat available on Earth?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bat typically able to consume one-third of its body weight in insects each night?

A: Yes, and several hundred insects in a few hours.

Q: Was a bat flying over the house and overheard what was just said?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats natural reservoirs for a large number of zoonotic pathogens?

A: Yes, and including rabies, histoplasmosis , Henipavirus and possibly ebola virus.

Q: Is a bat found?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats few?

A: Yes, as they are terrestrial and light-boned.

Q: Were bats placed in a room in total darkness?

A: Yes, and with silk threads strung across the room.

Q: Are bats mammals?

A: Yes, yet can fly, this gives them status as liminal beings in many cultural traditions.

Q: Were bats able to navigate their way through the room?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Acts?

A: Yes, and even disturbing a bat or its roost can be punished with a heavy fine.

Q: Is a bat a trickster spirit?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bat often a symbol of the night and its foreboding nature?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats present throughout most of the world?

A: Yes, and with the exception of extremely cold regions.

Q: Were bats formerly grouped in the superorder Archonta?

A: Yes, and along with the treeshrews , colugos , and the primates, because of the apparent similarities between Megachiroptera and such mammals.

Q: Are bats attracted to these structures?

A: Yes, and perhaps seeking roosts, and thereby increasing the death rate.

Q: Are bats protected species under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998?

A: Yes, The hairless bat and Greater nectar bat are consumed by the local communities.

Q: Are bats trying to get in their hair?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bat the Kitti's hog-nosed bat?

A: Yes, and measuring 29–34 mm in length, 15 cm across the wings and 2–2.6 g in mass.

Q: Are bats much more flexible than those of other mammals?

A: Yes, and owing to their flattened cross-section and to low levels of minerals, such as calcium, near their tips.

Q: Are bats much thinner and consist of more bones than the wings of birds?

A: Yes, and allowing bats to maneuver more accurately than the latter, and fly with more lift and less drag.

Q: Were bats to become extinct?

A: Yes, and it has been calculated that the insect population would reach an alarmingly high number.

Q: Are bats nocturnal and are active at twilight?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bat sometimes used as a heraldic symbol in Spain?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats typical mammalian lungs?

A: Yes, and unlike the lungs of birds, they are thought to be more sensitive to sudden air pressure changes in their immediate vicinity, such as near wind turbines, and are more liable to rupture.

Q: Is a bat sacred in Tonga and is often considered the physical manifestation of a separable soul?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats broadly distributed throughout the United States?

A: Yes, in 2008–2010, cases were reported in every state except Alaska and Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Q: Were bats not using their eyes to fly through complete darkness?

A: Yes, but something else.

Q: Are bats the second largest order of mammals?

A: Yes, and representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide, with about 1,240 bat species divided into two suborders: the less specialized and largely fruit-eating megabats, or flying foxes, and the highly specialized and echolocating microbats.

Q: Are bats nocturnal creatures?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats common throughout the northern two-thirds of the country?

A: Yes, while the Mexican free-tailed bat is the most common species in the southwest, sometimes even appearing in portions of the Southeast.

Q: Were bats formerly thought to have been most closely related to the flying lemurs?

A: Yes, and treeshrews, and primates, but recent molecular cladistics research indicates that they actually belong to Laurasiatheria, a diverse group also containing Carnivora and Artiodactyla.

Q: Are bats much more likely to come into contact with humans?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bat known to feed on other bats: the spectral bat?

A: Yes, and also known as the American false vampire bat, and the ghost bat of Australia.

Q: Were bats able to catch and find their prey through the use of their ears?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats expected to fly and hunt on their own?

A: Yes.

Q: Were bats captured and transported to a newly built bat house?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bats economically important?

A: Yes, as they consume insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides.

Q: Are bats placental mammals?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a bat the Devil's provider?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bat a symbol of longevity and happiness?

A: Yes, and the bat is similarly lucky in Poland, geographical Macedonia and among the Kwakiutl and Arabs.

Q: Are bats portrayed next to other animals portrayed negatively in Mesoamerica?

A: Yes, and including scorpions and other nocturnal animals such as owls.

Q: Are bats insect eaters?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bat a primary animal associated with fictional characters of the night?

A: Yes, and both villains, such as Dracula, and heroes, such as Batman.

Q: Were bats crashing into walls and the threads that he'd strung up around the room?

A: Yes, and because of the methodology Spallanzani used, many of his test subjects died.

Q: Are bats negative?

A: Yes.