Bats are the only mammals that fly.
There are more than 1,200 kinds of bats.
The smallest bat, called the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat or bumblebee bat, is only about one inch long.
The biggest bat, known as the flying fox, has a wingspan of about six feet.
The expression “blind as a bat” is misleading. Bats can see.
Bats have only one or two babies per year.
Since 2005, Virginia has had a state bat: the Virginia big-eared bat.
Check out these books and Web sites about bats and bat conservation. (Always ask a parent before going online.)
●“The Bat Scientists” by Mary Kay Carson. 80 pages. Age 9 and older (available August 13). Merlin Tuttle, who founded Bat Conservation International (www.batcon.org), is one of five bat scientists this book follows into caves and anywhere else bats live.
●“Eyewitness Junior: Amazing Bats” by Frank Greenaway. 30 pages. Ages 6 to 11. Vivid photographs and illustrations make this a good reference book.
●“Living Wild: Bats” by Melissa Gish. 48 pages. Age 10 and older. This book offers amazing photographs and enough text to present bat facts and also conservation efforts.
●Leslie Sturges’s Save Lucy Web site (savelucythebat.org) includes an online-only children’s book, lots of bat facts and a club for kids.
●“Outside & Inside Bats” by Sandra Markle. 40 pages. Ages 7 to 10. Find out how bats can sleep upside down, why some have long tongues and other cool facts.