- Jun 5, 2005
Just curious if anyone keeps bats? If you do, lets see some pics of the animals, and the enclosures.
I saw a similar show but with a single bat that she rescued. Maybe she ended up getting more I don't remember. But I do remember she created some bat boxes that connected form her attic to the outside window so they would fly out at night and return home.I remember seeing a show on Discovery Channel some time ago about a lady who had a shed full of them, the enclosures looked to be made from wire mesh and some were in what looked like reptariums. Most of them were rescues who couldn't make it on their own, but she talked about some of them as if they were pets . I think it was on Dirty Jobs, but I'm not 100% sure.
Could you tell something about you get them to mealworms? Would it be possible to post an picture of the complete cage?I don't know a whole lot about keeping bats as pets, but I do help out with a few at the museum.
Currently we have a Big Brown Bat, Silver Bat and a Red Bat.
The enclosures are fairly small with a soft cloth and a piece of bark, water in a dish. The Red and Brown bats eat on the fly, so we had to 'teach' them to eat while resting. The Brown bat is now being flown every day and is now able to be handled without biting. (We waited 6 months before holding him, just to make sure he showed no signs of rabies.) The Silver Bat will eat on the ground, but we've been unsuccessful on getting any flight out of her. The Red Bat came in less than a week ago, so we have just been feeding and letting her get used to us slowly.
We have been feeding them a diet mainly of mealworms, but have begun introducing new insects into their diets, namely crickets for now.
I know nothing of the 'proper' care of bats, I only know what I have been shown. Our bats seem healthy and happy... so that must mean something!
Info on rabies in batsi have always admired bats and wanted one as a pet i think there are rabbies laws,although i dont fully understand how bats get rabbies
Six species of bats in the US are listed as endangered.WHAT endangerd seriusly my yard swarms with them at dusk and all through the night..i see like tons all the time