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13 Incredible Bat Facts

Contrary to popular belief, bats don't go around biting people and sucking blood. Bats got a bad reputation from the Dracula stories, but they actually prefer eating insects over blood. Find 13 incredible bat facts only at HowStuffWorks.


Do bats jam each other's sonar?

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 »

False Vampire Bat

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

Attracting Bats

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

The Ultimate How Bats Work Quiz

The Ultimate How Bats Work Quiz

Bats are known for their ability to hang upside down for long periods. Take this quiz to learn more about bats. See more »

The Ultimate Bat Quiz

The Ultimate Bat Quiz

Bats can be beneficial to humans. Take this quiz to learn more about bats. See more »

The Ultimate Bat vs. Fungus Quiz

The Ultimate Bat vs. Fungus Quiz

Could a fungus be leading to the extinction of bats? Take this quiz to learn how scientists are investigating whether fungus can cause bat extinction. See more »

The Ultimate Why Bats Hang Upside Down Quiz

The Ultimate Why Bats Hang Upside Down Quiz

Have you ever wondered why bats hang upside down? Take this quiz to learn more about why bats hang upside down. See more »

Could a fungus cause the extinction of bats?

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

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?

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 »