The Vampire Bat

The Vampire Bat is a fascinating creature, and one that has been involved with legends for centuries. This particular species of bat features a short muzzle that is cone shaped. They have a very small tail and they also have small ears. They don’t weigh more than about two ounces. They have a distinct looking fact that is one very similar to the look of vampires in movies. They have a wide mouth that opens up and shows their teeth, making them very scary. The Vampire bat mates year round. The female usually gives birth, in April to May or October to November. The female only has one baby at a time. The gestation period is 205-214 days. When the pup is born its eyes are open. The mother nurses the pup for the first two months. The mother feeds the pup on blood, which she throws up after she drinks a good amount. At four months the pup leaves the nest to learn about foraging. The pup can take care of itself at nine to ten months. A vampire bat lives up to nine years but can survive up to nineteen years in captivity.The Vampire bat has two incisors. Incisors are two sharp and pointy teeth. It also has special saliva that runs down grooves in the tongue to stop the blood from clotting. The saliva has an anticoagulant in it called draculin. Unlike other bats the vampire bat can walk, run, and hop along the ground to stalk its prey.The vampire bat drinks the blood of birds and mammals. It lands beside the animal and will creep up to it. It then makes a little bite with its incisors and licks the blood. It shares the blood with other bats from its colony. They are not always successful in getting a meal. If the vampire bat doesn’t eat for two days it will die.

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