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Facts vs. Myths
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The Facts ... and The Myths
Vampire bats don’t live in Transylvania...
Vampire bats rarely feed on human blood...
Vampire bats don’t suck on blood...
Bats don’t make nests...
Bats are not blind...
Out of more than 1200 bat species there are only three vampire species and they live in Central and South America.
they prefer the blood of cattle, horses, pigs and birds and only need a spoonful of blood.
they graze on the host’s skin to encourage a flow of blood and then laps this up with its tongue.
they choose various places throughout the year to roost – hollow trees, caves, buildings, behind hanging tiles and boarding, roof spaces etc.
however most have better night vision than day vision. They see in black, white and shades of grey. They use echolocation to orientate.
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