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Bat Facts

How does a greater horseshoe bat find its way in the dark? What’s its favourite food? And why is a cow pat home to their favourite snack?
Find out all about this amazing animal.

What do Greater Horseshoe Bats Eat?

Greater horseshoes only live in landscapes where all the following are found – like Devon.

Bat Anatomy

Nose

The horseshoe-shaped nose leaf focuses the nasal sonar in the same way as the foil behind a torch bulb – great for catching night-flying insects

greater horseshoe bat nose

Wing bones

Mostly made up of the hand bones – giving excellent control and dexterity in flight in tight places – try waggling your fingers to see how their wings can move.

greater horseshoe bat wing

Wing membrane

Light and tough (feels like a let-down balloon) this is the perfect material for a lightweight flyer – horseshoes also wrap this around them while they sleep like a leathery blanket.

greater horseshoe bat wing

Feet

Tendons automatically close the toes so they can hang on even when asleep – the sharp claws make excellent hooks for hanging onto almost any surface.

greater horseshoe bat feet

Fur

Keeping warm is essential for saving vital energy – the young are born naked so need a warm place to start life.

greater horseshoe bat fur

Teeth

Crunching through tough insect bodies needs sharp teeth like pins – this also stops the wriggly creepy crawlies escaping while they fly.

greater horseshoe bat teeth

Ears

Big ears listen out for their sonar bouncing back from everything around them – making a picture of their world from sound as there is no light to see.

greater horseshoe bat ears