Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Phyllostomidae
 Scientific Name : Desmodontinae

                Colour : Brown, Grey, Black
           Skin Type : Fur
               Size(H) : 7cm - 9.5cm
                               (2.75in - 3.75in)
         Wing Span : 15cm - 18cm 
                                (5.9in - 7in)

                Weight : 19g - 57g 
                                (0.7oz - 2oz)
          Top Speed : 40km/h (25mph)
           Life Span : 8 - 12 years
Most Distinctive 
              Feature : Razor-sharp 
                                front teeth
           Fun Fact : Have a heat sensor on the 
                                end of their noise!
  1. Vampire Bats are small species of bats found natively in Central and South America.
  2. They inhabit the tropical and subtropical regions which may be humid or dry.
  3. Vampire bats are the only mammals to feed entirely on blood: they feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals
  4. There are 3 recognized species – The Common Vampire Bat, The Hairy Legged Vampire Bat and the White-Winged Vampire Bat.
  5. They are small animals with their body the size of an adult human thumb.
  6. They have long wings and strong limbs enabling them to fly and crawl on the ground with ease.
  7. Vampire bats use echolocation to determine their surroundings.
  8. The high pitches sounds produced during echolocation are so loud that humans cannot hear them.
  9. Vampire bats are nocturnal animals and known to be solitary hunters at night.
  10. They roost together in colonies of around 100 individuals consisting Alpha males, their female harems and the young ones.
  11. They mate throughout the year; the females give birth to a single baby after a 3-4-month gestation.
  12. The baby vampire bats feed on their mother’s milk till they are old enough to have adult diet.
  13. Vampire bats use echolocation, sound and smell to find their prey.
  14. They land on ground besides their prey and using their heat sensing nose find their prey’s veins.
  15. They bite their prey with their sharp incisors and lick on the bleeding wound.
  16. The chemicals in their saliva prevents the blood from clotting and numbs the injury of the prey.
  17. They have their natural predators in eagles, hawks and humans who kill them to protect their livestock.

 

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