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Do Bats Have Tails?



Most species of bats have tails.

More Info: The anatomy of a bat’s tail is almost  as diverse as the nearly 1,000 different species of bats.  In some species, such as the free-tailed bat, the tail is very visible extending far beyond the uropatagium, which is the membrane that connects the thighs of a bat and is used for flight, maneuvering, and to sweep prey up toward the wing and into the mouth.  In others, the tail is encased within the uropatagium.  Some bats lack tails altogether such as the bumblebee bat, the world’s smallest mammal.

Bats with the Longest Tails

When thinking of a bat with a tail the free-tailed bat species are the first to come to mind.  Free-tailed bats have obvious tails that extend far beyond the uropatagium similar to that of a mouse.  The tail is covered with a cartilage like substance that protracts and retracts that the bat seems to use for maneuvering during flight making it one of the fastest bat species.

Bats with No Tails

The Bumblebee bat is the smallest of the bat species and is the smallest mammal on earth as well, weighing less than a penny.  These bats do not have a tail to assist them with maneuvering during flight, but instead have the ability to hover.



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