Fruit Bat Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 What Are Fruit Bats?
  • 0:59 Fruit Bats' Diet
  • 1:38 Plants Need Fruit Bats
  • 1:57 Where Do Fruit Bats Live?
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Fruit bats are a kind of large bat that eats fruit, but not the way you do. This lesson will teach you about fruit bats, how they eat, where they live, how big they can get, and some other cool facts about them.

What Are Fruit Bats?

You're walking through the woods in the afternoon when you look up. You see several large animals hanging upside down in the tree above you. Their wings are wrapped around their bodies, and they seem to be sleeping. You're looking at fruit bats!

Fruit bats are large, fruit eating bats that live in warm climates. They are sometimes called flying foxes because their furry faces look like foxes, but that is where the likeness ends. There are different kinds of fruit bats, and some of the biggest fruit bats' wings are about six feet across, from tip to tip. That is about the same length as a giraffe's leg!

Fruit bats, like all bats, are mammals. This means babies drink their mother's milk and they have hair on their bodies. Humans are mammals, too, but bats are the only mammals that can fly.

When you think of bats you might think of caves, but most fruit bats prefer to hang upside down together in trees when they snooze, wrapping their wings around their bat bodies like you snuggle up in your favorite blanket. They're also nocturnal, which means they're most active at night.

Fruit Bats' Diet

Just like you love to eat pizza, fruit bats love to eat fruit! They have great eyesight and are super sniffers. They can smell a tasty treat even if they are over three miles away from a snack.

Fruit bats enjoy most fruits, including bananas, mangoes, figs, dates, and avocados. Some even drink sweet flower nectar, too, and may steal a sip or two from hummingbird feeders from time to time.

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