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The vampire bat or desmodus rotundus is an animal that is part of the phyllostomidae family. They are usually have a body the size of an adults thumb and wiegh only 2 oz. with a wingspan of 8 to 9 in. Vampire bats are hairy little creatures with very sharp teeth. Vampire bats are better known for their role in horror movies. Most people think of bats as evil, vicious creatures, but once you learn about them you realize that they are very interesting creatures

The common vampire bat usually lives from South to Central America. They usually live in colonies in almost completely dark places such as caves or old wells. They live in places that are dry, humid, and arid such as tropical and subtropical rainforests.




White%20Winged%20Vampire%20bats%20Dan%20Riskin.jpgBats can be very useful to humans. Scientists have discovered that vampire bat saliva is better at keeping blood from clotting than any known medicine. They may one day help prevent heart attacks and strokes. However,vampire bats are one of the few bat species that are considered a pest.

Vampire bats hunt only when it is fully dark. Like fruit-eating bats, they emit only low-energy sound pulses. The common vampire bat feeds mostly on the blood of mammals (including humans). Once the vampire bat locates a host, such as a sleeping mammal, it lands and approaches it on the ground. If there is fur on the skin of tyhe host, the vampire bat uses its canine and cheek teeth like a blade and shaves the hairs off. The bat's razor-sharp upper teeth then make a 7mm long and 8mm deep cut. The bat's saliva, which is injected into the victim, has a key function in feeding from the wound. It also keeps the blood from clotting.


The vampire bat share their habitat with many different animals. Two animals that I found quite interesting are the jaguar and the piranha. The jaguar is part of the felidae family so it is related to large cats. The piranha is part of the characidae family so it is related to fish. Some interesting plants around the vampire bat's are the justicia and libertia. The justicia is part of the acanthaceae family. The libertia is part of the iridaceae family.


There are many bats in the same family as the vampire bat (phyllostomidae). Some examples are the leaf-nosed bat and the fruit bat. The leaf-nosed bat is usually brown, gray, black, but rarely white. They have a large, lance-shaped nose and are quite larger than vampire bats. The fruit bat has a keen sense of smell and is smaller than most bats. They are usually brown or black.

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Vmpire bat ------Blood from mammals ------(blood doesn't eat anything)



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synonym for stuffy
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_ _ _ _ _ america
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like a desert
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project subject


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scientific name
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how they move around
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kind of enviorment they live in
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the kind of teeth they have
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what they live in
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