Bats are such an interesting group of mammals. They are not rodents but in the order Chiroptera. There are 1000 species in the world, 43 species in the US, and 17 species in North Caroina, 7 of these are endangered. There are 2 taxa of bats. Megabats are not found in North America, only in Africa, Asia and Australia, they eat fruit, pollen and nectar. Microbats dine on insects, fish, frogs, and occasinally birds and small mammals. A bat can eat 1 insect every 6 seconds. Bats are a keystone species, which means without them the food chain would collapse and many species would be in trouble. Biologists are concerned about the white nose fungus that is killing bats throughout the US, including NC.
Here are a few bat facts:
A bat can live to be 30 years old.
Their heartbeat can reach 900 beats a minute when hunting.
Vampire bats sometimes urinate when drinking blood so that they won't be to heavy to fly.