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Let's Dispell Some Myths


*Note - the artwork on this page is not original - each picture is hotlinked back to where I found them

Bats fly about at night searching for human prey

While it is true that bats fly around at night most bats eat insects and fruit. There is one bat, the vampire bat, that seems to stick in people's heads when they think about bats. The vampire bat got this name from the creature in literature and folk tales that is an undead being who subsists on the blood of other humans. The vampire bat does drink blood as it's source of food. Vampire bats generally drink from cattle and other large herbivores and present no danger to humans


Bats are blind

Most bats do have bad eyesight, but they are definitely not blind.In laboratory tests, bats have been shown to be able to distinguish shapes and colors. The main reason that people think bats are blind is that they hunt at night and they use a form of sonar to find their way and their prey. This is not unlike dolphins who use echolocation to hunt, especially in the murky depths. Just as the dolphin is not blind, neither is the bat.


They get tangled in your hair

This is probably the most farfetched notion about bats there is. Movies have portrayed bats getting tangled in peoples hair, especially ladies hair. Notice however that once the bat gets tangled in their hair the victim screams, thrashes about and then the bat flies off. This never happens in real life. bats can navigate in absolute dark as well as it can during the day, maybe even better. What possible reason would a bat have to tangle itself (endangering itself in the process) in someone's hair? There is no reason, just myth.


 

They are loathsome flying rodents who perform no services for us

There are several myths in one sentence here. Some people may look at bats and say they are loathsome, but we like to look at bats as they are and see a cute, wonderful creature. bats are not in the family rodentia to which all rodents belong. This means they are not related to rats and mice directly, but merely related in that they are mammals. As long as you can claim a profound love for mosquitoes then you can say that bats perform no services for man. A single bat can eat enough mosquitoes in a single evening to save several people the agony of these insects that bite and cause great itching bumps protecting us from malaria, dengue, and yellow fever