What is a bat’s natural diet?

South Carolina bats are considered unique in the world of mammals because they are different from the rest in the same class they belong. In addition, bats have the capability of flying around as opposed to the other few mammals that can fly. They have unique features and are extremely light weights making them very much like birds to fly around in search of food.

Since Charleston bats fly around so often, they need extra calories each day to sustain their ability to fly around. They use a lot of energy as they flap their wings to fly hence their energy levels need to be high and consistent to keep them going. Bats consume a lot of food each day and in fact they approximately consume calories from ten to twenty times their weight to be able to maintain their daily flight functions. The food they eat is extremely much if you are to compare to their body size.

Bats not only require a significant amount of food but protein in large quantities as well. Although most bats are carnivores meaning they consume animals and insects, some species will mostly eat berries. It’s an interesting fact that mesmerizes many due to the fact that they have teeth to be considered carnivores.

Most Charleston bats feast from a range of insects and animals and especially the ones that are readily available and easy to capture. They feed on cockroaches, beetles, crickets, moths, wasps, bees and all kind of flies available. These insects make the delicacies that bats will definitely want to have.

In addition, bats will always want to go after the flying insects because they easy to catch. Flies, bees and even moths are the major culprits for the bats delicacies. Bugs are also consumed by bats especially the ones that can be captured in the air. Although bats have no clear vision, they still try to capture insects that are attracted to well lighted areas. This gives them an opportunity to capture them despite their vision challenges.

As much as bats feed mostly on insects, they do feed on small animals like rodents, mice, lizards and frogs as well. This mostly happens to bats that are larger in size to accommodate the weights of these rodents. Most of these small animals are good culprits for the bats as they are not equipped to counter attack the bat. Sometimes, the bats do not carry them away but eat their predators on the spot.

Due to the many species available, most often they will have specialized diets they prefer. Other bats prefer to feed on nectar, pollen fruits, and seeds and even on other bats. An example will be a nectar feeding bat that has a long tongue that enables it suck deep to access the nutrients they require from the flower. The bottom line for the bats diet is to simply look for a great deal of protein because this becomes its primary source of energy that helps them navigate around.

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