Surprising Bats

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SurprisingBats IfirstgotinterestedinbatswhenIread StellalunabyJanellCannon.Thisbook mademewanttolookformorebatfacts. Idecidedthatbatsarestrangebut interestinganimals.Likecats,apes,and bears,theyaremammals.Thismeansthat theyproducemilktonursetheirbabies andareusuallycoveredwithfur.But unlikeothermammals,batsfly! Batsaretheonlymammalsthatreallyfly. Flyingsquirrelscansailthroughtheair,buttheyareonlyglidingon thewind.Batshavetruewingsthatcanflaplikebirds’wings.Bats’ wingsarecoveredwithskinandfurinsteadoffeathers,though.Only birdshavefeathers. Abat’swingsareusefulinotherways.Ifabatistoowarm,itcools offbystretchingitswingsoutsobodyheatcanescape.Ifabatis cold,itcanwrapitselfinitswings. Somekindsofbatseatsmallanimals,fruit,orevennectarfrom flowers.Mostbatseatinsects.Insect-eatingbatsarehelpfulbecause theykeepdownthenumberofinsects.Asinglebatcaneatupto 3,000insectsinjustonenight.Sobatshelpmakesurethatthereare fewerbuzzing,bitingthingsaroundtoannoyus! Batscomeindifferentsizes.Thelargestbathaswingsthatspread fivefeetacross.Thesmallestbatisthebumblebeebat.It’saboutthe sizeofabumblebeeorapaperclip.Inall,therearearound1,000 differentkindsofbats. ™ ©AdvancedAssessmentSystems/LinkIt!Duplicationisrestrictedtolicenseesonly.

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