Bats are highly beneficial creatures among us in character. They eat tens of thousands of insects, such as pesky mosquitos, every night, per bat! This is excellent pest management for summertime cookouts and backyard bonfires. However they also have a terrible reputation among individuals, mostly since they prefer to take shelter in attics and other dark areas of a home, inducing structural damages and smelly messes. But another attack for them has to do with fear. Lots of people think they will attack humans; and some even fear they will suck their blood! But this is far from the reality. Bats are not likely to attack a person unless triggered, but there is one species that does drink blood. It is known as the vampire bat! Keep on reading to find out more about this particular bat and how is beverages blood to survive.
All of them feed entirely on blood and nothing else; a dietary characteristic known as hemotophagy. But don’t fear, they are not after human blood like the films suggest. Instead, these bats consume the blood of other types of mammals. The common vampire bat prefers the blood of horses and cows; while the other two species feed mostly on pigs, goats, and birds.
Vampire bats don’t use echolocation to hunt. They always approach their prey from the ground and search at the darkest part of night. They crawl onto their prey and make a little bite with their razor-sharp teeth over a vein. As blood oozes from the little bite they left, they lap up the blood for as much as thirty minutes. This doesn’t hurt the host at all. Some don’t even notice. It is like giving blood without the lollipop at the end! They have a special chemical in their saliva that acts as an anticoagulant or blood thinner. Bats also have a unique sensor in their noses which detects heat, allowing them to easily track down a reliable vein inside their prey.
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