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


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Brazilian Free-tailed Bats Are Way Faster Than We Thought

Yes, these nocturnal mammals can fly faster than our most beloved speedy birds. And they beat the record by a long shot.

Scientists Solve the Weird Physics of How Bats Land Upside Down

What do bats have in common with ice skaters and one-legged ducks? The answer to that helped illuminate one perplexing thing about the flying mammals.

Do bats jam each other's sonar?

Some bats are messing with their neighbor's sonar to throw them off the track of food.

HowStuffWorks Interviews: Deadly Viruses and Bats with Jessica Parilla

Bats can spread deadly human diseases. Join Lauren as she interviews a virologist about the powerful immune systems of these fascinating creatures of the night.

False Vampire Bat

The largest bat in the New World and the only species in its genus, Vampyrum spectrum was once thought to drink blood.

Attracting Bats

Once considered repugnant by most people, bats have gained a much better reputation as their role as bug control agents has become recognized.

Could a fungus cause the extinction of bats?

Riddle me this: Why are bats showing up dead with a white powder streaked across their faces? Could a poorly understood fungus wipe them out? To the bat cave, readers!

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.

How and why do bats hang upside down all day?

Bats are often found sleeping upside down during the day. They roost in secluded areas such as hollowed out trees and caves. Have you ever wondered why bats sleep upside down? Find out the answer to this question in this HowStuffWorks article.

How Bats Work

Think you know what bats are all about? Chances are you're operating under at least a couple of misconceptions. Sort out the facts from the myths and see what makes bats so unique.