are over 800 different species of bats found worldwide--nearly
everywhere except some islands and the polar region.
comprise two suborders: megachiropterans (the megabats) and
microchiropterans (the minibats).
largest megabat is the Flying Fox Bat from the Java,
with a wingspan of 5.6 feet.
smallest minibat, Kitti's Hog-Nosed Bat of western Thailand,
is less than 1.3" long and weighs less than a penny.
bats (including all bats in our area) are insectivores. Some
of the megabats are fruit eaters. Other bats eat fish or frogs.
Vampire bats, found in Mexico and Central America, feed on the
blood of livestock, but seldom humans.