How much do you know about bats? Test your knowledge by answering 9 True/False questions. Your score will be calculated as you go, and after answering all nine questions, we'll tell you your score. Good luck!

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True or False?

1. Bats really are blind.

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True or False?

2. The world's smallest bat weighs less than a penny.

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True or False?

3. Some bats' hearing is so keen they can hear the footsteps of an insect walking on sand more than six feet away.

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True or False?

4. Bats are cruel by nature.

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True or False?

5. Vampire bats are the only mammals that feed on nothing but blood.

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True or False?

6. Bats hang by their nose.

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True or False?

7. Bats get tangled in your hair.

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True or False?

8. All bats live in attics and caves.

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True or False?

9. Bats are vicious.

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  1. Bats really are blind.
     
    False. Though they don't see in color, they see better than we do at night! And, many bats can "see" by sonar.
     
  2. The world's smallest bat weighs less than a penny.
     
    True. It's the bumblebee bat of Thailand, the world's smallest mammal.
     
  3. Some bats hearing is so keen they can hear the footsteps of an insect walking on sand more than six feet away.
     
    True. Many bats find their way and locate prey using the sound of echoes.
     
  4. Bats are cruel by nature.
     
    False. Some bats are so kind they adopt orphans and will risk their lives to share food with less-fortunate bats.
     
  5. Vampire bats are the only mammals that feed on nothing but blood.
     
    True. By the way, vampire bats live only in Latin America, where most people will never even see one.
     
  6. Bats hang by their nose.
     
    False. They hang by their toes, counterbalanced by their upside-down weight.
     
  7. Bats get tangled in your hair.
     
    False. People may have thought this because bats fly over our heads hunting bugs. If a bat flies by you, it's probably chasing a mosquito.
     
  8. All bats live in attics and caves.
     
    False. Some choose trees or other sites; tropical bats make homes everywhere from banana leaves to spider webs.
     
  9. Bats are vicious.
     
    False. Bats pose little threat to people who leave them alone; they will bite in self-defense if mishandled.