Breakdown of Life Cycle

Mother bats give birth to their young in the spring after finding suitable nursing roosts like caves, tree hollows, abandoned buildings, or the attics of homes with gaps or cracks that allow bats to enter.

For the first few weeks of their lives, baby bats cling to their mothers’ fur and drink milk as they grow. Once they reach five weeks, they begin learning how to fly.

As soon as young bats are able to fend for themselves, they spend their nights hunting for insects.

In late summer and fall, bats congregate in large numbers to mate, although females delay fertilization until springtime.

When winter approaches, some bats search for a place to hibernate while others migrate long distances to more seasonable climates.

How Long Can Bats Live?

Bats are hardy creatures capable of surviving in a multitude of environments. Their nocturnal hunting habits make it easier for them to avoid some of their natural predators.

As such, many individual bats have impressive lifespans.

They live 20 years on average, and the oldest bat on record lived to be 40.

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