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Bats

Bats are the only flying mammal. Learn about these peculiar and misunderstood animals in this section.


Brazilian Free-tailed Bats Are Way Faster Than We Thought

Birds aren't the only high-speed fliers — these bats are way speedier than once thought. Learn more about the new record at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Scientists Solve the Weird Physics of How Bats Land Upside Down

How do bats land upside down? A new study solves the physics. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Do bats jam each other's sonar?

Do bats jam another bat's sonar to throw them off track? Find out and learn about bat sonar at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The False Vampire Bat is the largest bat in the New World. Check out these facts from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Bats have gained a reputation as bug control agents. Learn more about bats at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could a fungus cause the extinction of bats?

The world could be facing a possible bat extinction due to an odd plague. Learn how a possible bat extinction could drastically affect the ecosystem. See more »

13 Incredible Bat Facts

Contrary to popular belief, bats don't go around biting people and sucking blood. Find 13 incredible bat facts only at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How and why do bats hang upside down all day?

Bat roosting is unusual in that bats hang upside down when they are sleeping or resting. Learn about bat roosting and why bats hang upside down. See more »

How Bats Work

Bats are the only mammals that can fly, and they live much of their lives hanging upside down. Learn about bat wings, bats and echolocation, bat caves and bat myths. See more »