MYTH – Bats are flying rats
Bats are not flying rats
MYTH – Bats Are Blind
Bats can see about as well as we can in the dark. Bats use echolocation to navigate through the dark. Echolocation is the same concept as sonar, used by boats and submarines. Bats emit a high frequency sound that we cannot hear and it bounces off an object. By listening for the echo, bats can tell the size, shape, movement, and many other things about an object.
MYTH – Bats will suck your blood
No bats in Nebraska eat blood. There are only 3 species of bats in the world that feed on blood. Only 1 of those feeds on mammal blood. Their front teeth are rotated and act like razor blades to gently cut the skin. The bats lick the blood with their tongue. The saliva produces an anticoagullant that prevents the blood from clotting.