The Dangerous Blood Sucking Vampire Bats.

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Compared with other bats, Vampire bats are feeding on blood. This kind of blood sucking bats is less than one percent of bat species. They quite often named after the imaginary Vampire monsters

The Flying Mammals

There are approximately 1000 varieties of bats in our planet. They are mammals, like humans, and similar to us in several ways. They have hair on their bodies. They have teeth grinding and cut their food. Their young are nourished with milk from their mothers.

These flying mammals are useful creatures. Insect eating bats destroy millions of insect pests. They eat fruits and flowers help plants reproduce. In fact, all bats are an essential part of the ecosystems of our planet. Some people are afraid of bats.

Regrettably, a lot of myths have spoiled Bat's reputation world wide. The most common is that they consume human blood. In recent times, bats have shown up at symbolize the Halloween festivity and are prominently showcased in a lot of horror movies and books.

The Popular Myths About Bats

One of the most powerful and disturbing images in modern pop culture is the portrayal of bats in Bram Stoker's Dracula, which humans turn into vampire bats at night to look for human victims and drink their blood. In good old times, everyone considered bats as an omen of fatality.

Nearly 2000 years ago, the Great Mayas worshiped the powerful bat God Camazotz, who had the normal human body but has wings and bat's head. During the middle ages, bats linked with witches, devils, and other wrongdoers.

Many of us think bats are blind. Because they hunt at night. And they use a special method of sonar signal deduction to discover their way and their prey. In fact, most bats do have poor eyesight, however they are certainly not blind. In several research shows bats have capable to differentiate shapes and colors.

The Vampire Bats

It is true, in the family of Phyllostomidae three varieties are vampire bats. Only the vampire bat consumes blood, and usually in such small amounts that it rarely has a negative effect on its host.

Vampire bats are typically found in Latin America, account for less than one percent of all bat species and do not only feed on human blood. They mainly eat with the blood of livestock, such as cows, horses, and pigs and rarely cause serious harm to the host animal.

The native animals mostly are affected by the attacks of these vampire bats, and many killed by the weakness sequent on the repetitive blood sucking. The Vampire bat drops close to a napping warm-blooded animal.

On the alert, not to wake up anybody, it snips out a piece of skin from the prey, so the warm bleeding flows. When the well-fed vampire leaves, its prey is probably still sleeping peacefully. The biggest threats from vampires are that flies may impose their eggs in the open wounds and that some vampire bats may carry rabies.

The blood drawn by bat itself does not exceed a few ounces. However if, when some drops down to the ground or flies off the wound continues to bleed for some time and next day the creature is normally found in very bad condition and covered with blood.

The Leaf-Nosed Bat

Not less problematic are leaf-nosed bats Phyllostoma which harm both human and beast. This bat scratches up the skin layers of his prey from which he consumes the blood. Despite their nasty character, vampire bats are one of the few creatures that show altruistic behavior.

But, they are genuinely affectionate, greet each other by hugging with their wings, adopt orphaned babies, and bring food back for bats unable to feed themselves. After the species survived millions of years, some bats are now rare and in danger of extinction.

They have often killed by chemicals in their food and by pollution. With a better understanding, however, humans may able to stop their extinction, and bats will be around for another million years.

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Photo Credits:

Bat – The Flying Mammal: Tom Spinker Flickr Under CC license.
Bat – The popular Myths: Tambako The Jaguar Flickr under CC license.
Vampire Bat: Paul Flickr Under CC license.
Leaf-nosed-bat: Wikipedia Under CC license.

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Altruistic Behavior, Bat Species, Bats, Dracula, Flying Mammals, Halloween Celebration, Rabies, Vampire Bats, Warm Blooded Animals

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I am sukkran aka sukkran trichy, from Trichy, India. I am an online writer, blogger, writing for many publishing platforms.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Jun 2014 (#)

Wonderful post with tons of info.

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author avatar sukkran
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
20th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you for helping us to understand bats!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Jun 2014 (#)

Awesome post, cheers!

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author avatar SauravBanerjee
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks. This is really very informative.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Interesting article.Informative,thanks for the share.

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