Clearing the Air - Misconceptions About Bats!

When you visit our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks you may or may not have the privilege to see some cave life on your tour. Bridal Cave has a variety of animals inside the cave including cave salamanders, pickerel frogs, cave crickets, and of course bats! It is not uncommon to see a bat flying around your tour and many folks seem to be a bit frightened when they see these tiny creatures flying around. Bats are a vital part of our ecosystem and do so many great things for us! Today, our outdoor attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to clear up a few common misconceptions about bats!

Bats Fly in Hair 

If you see a bat flying around in the cave it may appear like they are about fly right at you and maybe even land in your hair! Bats don't make nests and are aware that you are there and won't bother you during your tour. As many of you already know, bats hang upside down to roost. When they are ready to take off, they will drop down and flap their wings before flight. While it may appear that they are swooping right towards you, they're not.

All Bats Have Rabies 

There is a common misconception that all bats have rabies. This is simply not true at all. Like all animals, bats can contract rabies but that doesn't mean that all bats have the disease like many think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 6% of bats that are captured and tested have rabies.

Bats are Pests 

Bats are certainly not pests and actually play a vital role in our ecosystem! Bat actually EAT pests which helps keep our mosquito and insect count down which can help reduce contraction of diseases. In fact, one bat can eat up to 1,000 insects in just one evening! In addition to eating insects, bats also pollinate plants and distribute seeds!

Bats Are Blind 

Bats to do have very small eyes but that doesn't mean they can't see! Large fruit bats found in the southern region actually search for nectar using their sight! Bats that are found in Bridal Cave, such as a little brown bat, use echolocation to find insects. This means that they make a self-produced sound that bounces off objects to help them navigate their way but that doesn't mean that they can't see.

When you take a tour at our scenic attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks it is possible that you could see a bat hanging from the ceiling or if you're really lucky you may even see one flying around! Bats are nothing to be afraid of and we hope that by debunking a few myths about our friends underground, you won't be frightened by their presence. Life inside of a cave is exciting. The next time you tour our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks, keep a close watch on everything that you pass. You never know what you may find.

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Camdenton, MO 65020
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