Bat Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Fascinating Creatures?

October is the month of witches, ghouls, black cats and bats … but bats shouldn’t be seen as scary. Despite their negative reputation, bats provide a variety of amazing benefits to humans. They are essential for insect control in many areas, especially when it comes to mosquitoes. They are also invaluable allies to farmers as natural pest control, pollinators and even fertilizers. So, to celebrate the beauty of bats, take this quiz and learn a few things about this often misunderstood, but highly beneficial, mammal.

The answers are on page two along with two interesting videos about bats.

 

1. The fear of bats is called ______________________

a. Chiroptophobia

b. Ablutophobia

c. Murophobia

d. Uranophobia

 

2. Vampire bats are the only mammal on an all-blood diet. True or False?

 

3. Approximately how many bats species are on our planet?

a. 65 – 75

b. 190 – 200

c. 500 – 600

d. 900 -1200

 

4. Vampire bats adopt orphans. True or False?

 

5. Some bats devour more than __________ mosquitoes an hour.

a. 500 – 1000

b. 4000 – 5000

c. 10,000

d. 50,000

 

6. Some species of bats can live ________ years.

a. 3

b. 13

c. 30

d. 300

 

 

7. The Malaysian flying fox has a wingspan that can stretch _________ feet.

a. 3 feet

b. 6 feet

c. 16 feet

d. the flying fox does not have real wings

 

8. Some bats hibernate in caves. Those caves are called ________________.

a. VampDens

b. Dormancy Dens

c. Torpor Dens

d. Hibernacula

 

9. A Kitti Hog-Nosed Bat weighs nearly the same as a ___________.

a. Dime

b. Kitten

c. Basketball

d. A small hog

 

10. The Pallid Bat is immune to _______________.

a. Cobra venom

b. Scorpion venom

c. Nearly all insect-born pathogens

d. Agent Orange

 

11. The Bumblebee Bat gets its name from:

a. a biting sting from acidic bacteria in the mouth

b. its diminutive size

c. the sound that its wings make when it hovers to feed

d. itsyellow and black belly bands

 

12. Bats live together in ___________.

a. dens

b. clutches

c. macroflocks

d. colonies

 

 

13. Short-nosed bats have a unique mating ritual which is ______________.

a. collecting flowers and weaving them into a love nest

b. females perform oral sex on the males before copulating

c. males give offerings of rotten fruit wrapped in leaves

d. both males and females spit at each other for hours before copulating

 

14. A baby bat is called a ___________.

a. chick

b. microbat

c. pup

d. chiroptera

 

15. Bats have good eyesight. True or False?

 

 

ANSWERS

 

1. The fear of bats is called ______________________

a. Chiroptophobia

 

2. Vampire bats are the only mammal on an all-blood diet. True or False?

True.

 

3. Approximately how many bats species are on planet earth?

d.900 – 1,200 Experts estimate one in four mammals are bats.

 

4. Vampire bats adopt orphans. True or False?

True. Bats are one of the few species that have been documented to adopt orphans.

 

5. Some bats devour more than __________ mosquitoes an hour.

a. 500 – 1000

 

6. Some species of bats can live ________ years.

c. 30

The average lifespan depends on the species.

 

7. The Malaysian flying fox has a wingspan that can stretch _________ feet.

b.6 feet

 

8. Some bats hibernate in caves. Those caves are called ________________.

d. Hibernacula

 

9. A Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat weighs nearly the same as a ___________.

a. dime

 

10. The Pallid Bat is immune to _______________.

b. Scorpion venom

 

11. The Bumblebee Bat gets its name from:

b.its diminutive size

The Bumble Bat is about the size of a big bumblebee and is the the smallest known bat in the world at about 1.25 inches long.

 

12. Bats live together in ___________.

d. colonies

Colonies typically boast between 100 and 1000 bats.

 

13. Short-nosed bats have a unique mating ritual which is ______________.

b. females perform oral sex on the males before copulating

 

14. A baby bat is called a ___________.

c. pup

 

15. Bats have good eyesight. True or False?

True. Contrary to popular belief, most bats do have good eyesight.

 

 

138 comments

Sara Sezun
Sara S2 years ago

We really need to learn more about these amazing animals to dispel the myths about them.

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Kathryn M.
Kathryn M2 years ago

I'd love bats for neighbors for the mosquito control!!! :)

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Respect every precious life

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froudji thommes
froudji thommes2 years ago

Bat are fascinating, cute, useful,,, and smelly animals! (Ever enter a bat cave? Phweeeee! Doesn´t make them any less loveable thought).

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Caroline A.
Caroline Asgard2 years ago

Bats

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Ruth S.
Ruth S3 years ago

Interesting.

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lori c.
lori c3 years ago

Such beneficial little animals, and cute too! We need to protect them

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Tina C.
Tina F3 years ago

Bats are very fascinatning animals..They do a really good job for the ecosystem. I love bats. Thank you for a good quiz.

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Azaima A.
Azaima A3 years ago

so blind as a bat means someone can see pretty well, eh? Need a new simile.

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Julie C.
Julie C3 years ago

I love bats.

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