Bat flying speeds vary by the species, but they can range from 12 mph up to 40 to 60 mph. The Mexican free-tailed bat is one of the fastest, flying at speeds up to 60 mph.
"Flying fox" is a nickname given to several bat species in the suborder Megachiroptera, specifically bats in the genera Pteropus and Acerodon. The name comes from the resemblance that these tropical fruit bats bear to foxes.
All bats can see. Microbat species generally have poorly developed eyes and poor visual acuity, but most megabat species have excellent eyesight and even some color vision.
There are over 1,000 species of bats and two suborders. The first is made up of the fruit bats, also known as flying foxes. The second suborder are the microchiroptera.
Artificial lights, strong odors, inadequate temperatures and high-frequency sounds are all potential bat deterrents. One of the best methods of evicting bats is to simply seal entrances and prevent the animals from returning to the roost.
Bats are brown, red, tan, grey or black and range in size from 2 1/2 to 7 inches long. A bat's wingspan ranges from 8 to 23 inches. Bats possess large ears that allow them to easily detect prey and predators.
Human flight is possible, but only with the help of technology. No matter how fast a person flaps her arms, the human body is not capable of flight without the additional lift provided by synthetic wings or propulsion systems, like jet packs or squirrel suits.
The peregrine falcon, or Falco peregrinus, is the fastest bird and the fastest member of the animal kingdom. When swooping or diving, it reaches speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. It is native to North America and historically known as the duck hawk.
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.
Bats in the wild live an average of 10 to 20 years. This depends on surviving to adulthood; young bats have a high mortality rate. After the first three weeks of life, they learn to fly, which improves their chances of survival.