by Dr. Thomas H. Kunz, Boston University Adapted from: Kunz, T.H. 1984. The American Biology Teacher, 46:394-399.
The news media, movies, television, and comic books often perpetuate myths, “old-wives-tales,” folklore, legends, and fears about bats that a surprising number of people believe. Bats do not get into your hair, they are not flying mice, they don’t come “out of hell,” they are not blind, and only three species (not in the U.S. or Canada) make a diet of blood.