Not all bats are the same, but there are a few reasons why so many of them sleep hanging down from tree branches. One reason has to do with flying. Most bats aren’t able to fly if they start off on the ground; instead, to get the momentum (speed) that they need to fly, they have to start by dropping into the air from a tall perch. Hanging out on a tree branch is a perfect solution! By dropping into flight instead of working up from the ground, bats are also able to conserve (save) more energy. They’re even built with special strong claws to help them hold on tight when they’re hanging around.
Another reason bats sleep upside down, way up on a tree branch is that it helps them stay away from lots of other animals (like cats or snakes) who might otherwise try to eat them!
Further informationRemember, dropping into flight from a tree branch is a special Bat-Only Talent. Humans aren’t built the same way, so leave all of the upside-down hanging-around to the pros!
Bats are really interesting and cool creatures! Here are some neat things about bats you might not know yet!
Most bats eat insects, fruit, pollen, or even frogs and fish! What other animals do you know about which also eat one or more of these things?
There are about 1,000 types of bats which can be found pretty much anywhere in the world. – The smallest bat is the Bumble-Bee or Hog-Nosed Bat of Thailand. It’s considered the smallest mammal in the world and is smaller than some bugs!
Sources & links
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