You know the legend: vampire bats sleep through the daytime, dangling upside down, then prey on unsuspecting humans during the night, sucking their blood and spreading rabies. They become human bloodsuckers, who charm and seduce their victims. However, is this accurate?
They’re bloodsuckers and love Possum Poop.
They are really the only mammals that feed entirely on blood. However, they don’t actually suck on blood.
Instead, an anticoagulant chemical in their saliva that keeps the blood from clotting. They have fewer teeth than most bats, because they don’t have to chew their food.
They do every now and then bite people, but their principal food source is animals in nature. They have a tendency to prey on cows, deer, cows, goats, and other small creatures.
They sleep through the day
They do. They congregate in colonies of 100 to 1000 creatures and sleep hanging from the roofs of caves.
They are dirty and spread diseases
When researchers analyzed bats around the clock, they found that they spend a large quantity of time grooming. In fact, vampire bats seem to be the extremely caring towards their own colony mates. In addition they help out the other members of their colony by regurgitating blood to nourish people who cannot locate blood themselves.
As far as rabies goes, some do carry the virus, but humans have an extremely low prevalence of getting rabies from bat bites. In the past 50 decades, less than 40 people have gotten rabies from bats that are wild. Fewer than 1% of wild bats test positive for the illness.
They turn humans into vampires
Dracula along with other people of the legends hunted and lived in Transylvania and other regions of Eastern Europe. Vampire bats are only found in Mexico, Central America, and South America, nowhere close to the Count and his friends. They appear to be named after the humans, not the other way round.
So you see, the bats of Halloween lore are not the dreadful creatures they supposedly are. Now you know the facts about vampire bats, you can treat them with more respect. You dont have to invite them to your party, but do not feel too terrible about it!