25 Incredible Facts About Bats You Probably Didn’t Know

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.


Scientists believe that bats first appeared 65-100 million years ago, the same time as the dinosaurs. The earliest-known megabats lived thirty-five million years ago. Many scientists believe megabats may be more closely related to primates (including humans) than to microbats.

t-rex-dinosaurSource: defenders.org/bats

In China and Japan, bats are symbols of happiness. In Chinese, the words for “bat” and “good fortune” are both pronounced “fu.”

symbols of happinessSource: defenders.org/bats, Image: Pixabay.com (public domain)


Bat wings are made of finger bones covered by thin layers of skin. The wing membranes make up about ninety-five percent of its body surface area. A bat’s wing membrane helps it regulate body temperature, blood pressure, water balance, and gas exchange.

bat wingSource: defenders.org/bats

Bats are the only mammals that can fly. The difference between bats and “flying squirrels” (another mammal that people wrongly believe can fly) is that bats can actively control how they fly, whereas “flying squirrels” can only glide.

flying squirrelSource: defenders.org/bats


Unlike birds, which flap their whole forelimbs, bats flap their spread-out digits.

bird flyingSource: defenders.org/bats, Image: Pexels.com (public domain)

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