BAT MYTHS

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There are several myths associated with bats that need to be dispelled.

Vampire Bats? The legend of Dracula, the human vampire, arose long before real blood-drinking bats were even discovered in South America. Vampire bats (of which there are 3 species) were actually named after the legend, not the other way around.

Attracted to hair? Contrary to popular misconception bats do not become entangled in human hair. Bats are not interested in your hair. If a bat can detect a mosquito in the dark it will surely not blunder into your hair.

Disease ridden? All mammals can contract rabies; however, even the less than a half of one percent of bats that do, normally bite only in self-defense and pose little threat to people who do not handle them. More people die from rabies contracted from dog bites in the U.S. than from bat bites.

Flying mouse? Many people think bats are rodents, a sort of flying mice. WRONG! Bats are more closely related to humans than to mice and belong to an entirely different group of mammals from rodents.

Evil? bats aren’t evil- throughout history, people have chosen to label things they are ignorant about as “evil”. Bats are very, very beneficial to our ecosystem.

Vampire bats suck blood? Vampire bats, found in Central and South America, usually take their blood meals–by lapping an ounce or two at a time–from nicks their sharp incisors have made in the skin of livestock