Museum, University of Nebraska State


Date of this Version

April 1983


Published in Museum Notes, April 1983, Number 71, by the University of Nebraska State Museum & Planetarium. Copyright 1983 Patricia Freeman.


Most people are both revolted and fascinated by bats. Revolted because, like snakes, bats are assumed to be dangerous, and fascinated because they have bizarre faces and are rarely seen. Bats don't come in contact with humans often because we are active during the day and most bats are active only at night. Also, bats fly and would not be that easy to observe even if they did come out in the day.There are nearly four thousand species of mammals on earth, and nearly one thousand of these are bats. Next to rodents, bats are the most abundant mammals.

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