Hey Heidi: Is the heat killing bats?

8:05 AM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Let's be honest, Hollywood hasn't exactly been good to bats; well, minus that one superhero.

The truth is, however, these winged creatures actually have some rather redeeming qualities.

"Missouri wouldn't be the state it is without bats.  so many of them are so closely tied to caves, and caves are a huge part of Missouri culture and Missouri nature," explains Mike Arduser, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

More than 400 products come from bat-pollinated plants plus they consume tons of insects including mosquitoes.  In case you were wondering, the Show Me State is home to at least a dozen different types of bats.

"But the real common ones around here are the big brown and little brown. They're the common urban species; they're in houses and buildings," Arduser says.

The red bat is more likely to be found in trees.

"They're very common around here, they're just secretive when they're hanging from foliage in a tree they just look like a dead leaf," Arduser adds.

And as far as those dead bats Nora found on her walk. chances are it wasn't from the heat.

"I doubt it very much, I have not heard of anything like that and our common urban bats. Little brown and big brown they like heat actually," Arduser says.

He also says they next couple of months are when you're likely to see more bats, but not to handle them because they can carry rabies.


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