Saturday, October 21, 2006

Here's A Pic Of My New Pet

It's the adorable little brown bat that was sleeping on my porch when I got home this morning. I actually read that large brown bats have a body length of approx. 3 inches and little brown bats measure 2 inches, so I'm not sure whether my bat is a little brown bat or a large one. Either way, it's so cute. Wanna learn more about cute little brown bats? Here's some info for you:

Bats are the only major predator for night-flying insects in Missouri, and every year they consume tons of insects. In fact, one little brown bat may eat up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour.

Little Brown Bats are one of the most common myotine species in the state. They have dark arm bones, and often sleep near each other, though not piled together in clumps as do the endangered species.

Big Brown Bats often roost near the entrances of caves. They have a body length from head to tail of about 3 inches, and are recognizable by their shiny brown hair, which resembles that of a chihuahua dog.

The little brown bat has an expected lifespan of up to 30 years.

Brown bats invest a large amount of time each day grooming. Individuals use their claws to groom the fur, and tongue and teeth to clean their wing membranes.


Amy said...

My five year old has been singing a certain song lately...

"He's hairy, not scary, a little brown bat!"

Anonymous said...

I am creeped out by that bat. GROSS!!