Unique amongst mammals, the common vampire bat feeds entirely on blood sucked from its warm-blooded prey.

Unique amongst mammals, the common vampire bat feeds entirely on blood sucked from its warm-blooded prey.

Bats are widely regarded as dark and mysterious creatures, none more so than the vampire bat. But is the vampire bat really as scary as it sounds? Vampire Bat Facts – Questions And Answers!

Bats are widely regarded as dark and mysterious creatures, none more so than the vampire bat. But is the vampire bat really as scary as it sounds? Vampire Bat Facts – Questions And Answers!

Flash bat inspiration--the ones in the book are so much worse... Flashfall | scary creatures | Tunnel Nine

Flash bat inspiration--the ones in the book are so much worse... Flashfall | scary creatures | Tunnel Nine

Long-eared bat - bats have such a bad rap, not to mention they're soo dang cute!!

Long-eared bat - bats have such a bad rap, not to mention they're soo dang cute!!

The Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas), also known as the 'False Vampire' bat is native to Australia.

The Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas), also known as the 'False Vampire' bat is native to Australia.

Vampire bats don't actually suck blood. Instead, they use their razor sharp teeth to make a small incision in the skin of a sleeping animal and then consume the blood as it runs from the wound.  Bat saliva has a similar anesthetic quality to that of a mosquito, which helps prevent the victim from even feeling the cut.

Vampire bats don't actually suck blood. Instead, they use their razor sharp teeth to make a small incision in the skin of a sleeping animal and then consume the blood as it runs from the wound. Bat saliva has a similar anesthetic quality to that of a mosquito, which helps prevent the victim from even feeling the cut.

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