October is Bat Appreciation Month
We are ecstatic to report that October is National Bat Month. These wonderful creatures are some of our best buddies – particularly out on the Brac – but we’re pretty sure that over the years these guys have gotten a bad press due to the propensity of Draculaic mythology. They’re clever, ancient and pretty damn cute when you really look at ‘em. And, best of all, some of ‘em eat mosquitoes… yay. Here are some bat facts in honour of our mates.
A single little brown bat (myotis) can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour and is one of the world’s longest-lived mammals for its size, with life spans of almost 40 years.
Bats are thought to have evolved 60 million years ago, however, the oldest fossil found in Cayman to date is 14,000 years old.
There are nine species of bats in the Cayman Islands, each specialising in a different type of food and each with a different role in the ecosystem. One of these species, the Brown Bat, is present in two separate subspecies. Based upon its smaller size and darker coloured fur, the Grand Cayman Brown Bat is considered to be an endemic subspecies and has not yet been named.
Bats in the Cayman Islands carry no diseases and rabies is not found here.
Bats are more closely related to humans and other primates than they are to rodents. Several studies indicate that the Old World fruit bats and flying foxes may actually be descendants of early primates such as lemurs.
There are over 1,200 known species of bats, just about 25 per cent of all mammal species. Most of these bats are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Most bat mums give birth to only a single pup each year, making them very vulnerable to extinction. Bats are the slowest reproducing mammals on earth for their size.
bats found in cayman
Brown Bat; Velvety Free-Tailed Bat; Brazilian Free-tailed Bat; Big-eared Bat; Caribbean Fruit Bat; Buffy Flower Bat; White-shouldered Bat; Antillean Nectar Bat; Red Bat