According to many paleontologists and scientists, bats have been around for millions of years, even before humans inhabited the planet, and are some of the most fascinating creatures in the world. Although bats don’t have a great reputation in terms of public perception, they are actually really cool creatures. Curious about what makes them so cool? Check out these 25 Incredible Facts About Bats You Probably Didn’t Know.
The scientific name for bats, Chiroptera, is from the Greek cheir (hand) + pteron (wing), or “hand wing.”
The word “bat” appeared in 1570 from the Middle English bakke, which is related to the Old Swedish natbakka and the Old Danish nathbakkae, or “night bat,” and Old Norse leđrblaka, or “leather flapper.”
In 600 BCE, Greek legendary fabulist, Aesop, told a fable about a bat that borrowed money to start a business. The business failed, and the bat had to hide during the day to avoid those it owed money to. According to Aesop, this is why bats come out only at night.
Bats are divided into two main groups: megabats, large bats that feed pretty much on fruits, and microbats, which eat insects, frogs, blood, fish, lizards, and birds.
The bats that feed on frogs can tell the difference between safe and poisonous ones by listening to the male frog’s call.
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