Are bats blind? | The Sun

DUE to their nocturnal nature and enhanced hearing abilities, most people believe that bats are blind.

But is this true? Here's everything you need to know about the flyingcreatures.

Are bats blind?

Contrary to what most people believe, bats are generally not blind – and in fact are believed to have eyesight keener than that of most humans.

This misconception comes from their nocturnal nature and enhancedhearing abilities as the hunt in the dead of the night – when lighting conditions are incredibly dark.

Bats are able to do this due to their small and sensitive eyes being attuned to low-light conditions – which helps them to find prey.

What do bats eat?

There are close to 1000 different types of bats – so it isn't surprising that bats eat a lot of different types of food.

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The majority of bats eat insects, such as beetles, moths and mosquitoes – these are known as insectivores.

However, some bats like to eat fruit, seeds and pollen from flower and are known as frugivores – with some of their favourite foods including, figs, dates and bananas.

And some of you may be surprised to know that only a small minority of bats eat other animals – including even eating other bats.

These bats are known as vampire bats and they all live in Central and South America – and rely on around two teaspoons of blood a day, which they usually source from cows, sheep and horses.

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Do bats hibernate?

If you were to watch a year in the life of a bat – you'd spend most of the colder winter months watching them hibernate.

In the first few months of the year, bats will hibernate due to the lowering of body temperature, slower breathing and lower metabolic rate.

They then spend the warmer spring and summer months active, feeding, hunting – and female bats start to form maternity colonies.

As the winter months come back around – from November to December bats begin the process of hibernation once again, to save energy over the colder winter months.

However, even during hibernation bats may leave the roost on warmer nights to find food and water.

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