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Vampire Bat

Found in central and south America.  They are up to 3.5 inches in length and weigh around 50 grams.

They live on the blood of live animals which they lick from the incisions made by their razor sharp fangs. Their saliva contains a substance which prevents the blood from clotting. They remain feeding on the usually un-aware animal for as long as 20 minutes at a time. They can drink as much as 30 to 40 percent of their own bodyweight in one feed.

 

Vampire Bats normally they feed every night and will sometimes if hungry coax other bats who have recently fed to regurgitate some blood thus sharing a meal they are among the few mammals that actually share food.

 

There is another cousin of the vampire bat known as the false vampire bat which is very similar in appearance but does not feed on blood, but on creatures such as lizard’s, bird’s, rodents and parrots. It is one of the few bats that actually have very good eyesight (as most are blind) and emit sound as radar in addition to help find their way. None of the bats are of any treat to humans nor will they turn into Dracula.

 

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