Bats are often feared as disease-carrying “rats with wings.” A rather depressive view of a creature that’s actually pretty cool in terms of biodiversity! Let’s learn how to draw these exotic, mysterious, misunderstood animals so we could possibly dissolve some of the myths around bats and their homes. Bats deserve a better rap than they get, if you agree follow along and let’s draw!
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- Paper (Our Free How To Draw Template PDF)
- Polymer Eraser
- Outline Markers
- Coloring Tools (I recommend Crayola’s 140 Piece Coloring Case)
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Drawing Bat & Batcave Step By Step
- Draw a small round face with a rectangular body beneath it and another two big rectangular-like shape ears on top with smaller inner ears.
- Note that the rectangular body has a wider lower part than the upper and comes with curvy corners. The same goes for the ears. The corners above are pointy, but the corners below are curvy.
- Draw two black dotted eyes, a big triangular nose with two small nose holes inside, and long smiling lips with two sharp fangs on each end for the facial details.
- Then, draw a wide mountain-like wing outline on each side of the body and two tapered short triangular legs below the body.
- On each peak of the wings, draw two diagonal lines adjacent to each other and enclose the wings with three curves below them.
- At the end of both the wings and the legs, draw three short diagonal lines adjacent to each other to form the claws.
- Since the bat looks like it’s coming out from its cave, let’s place a cave behind it. Draw a big inverted semi-circle with a smaller one inside it.
- So, that’s it! Let’s color it for the finishing touch! Give it a gray face and body, black wings, and pink inner ears and nose. For the cave, let’s color the inside with black and the outer part brown.
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Interesting Bat Facts for Kids
- Bats can survive for over 30 years and can travel at speeds of up to 60 mph.
- But a paper published in 2016 by researchers from the University of Tennessee showed that the free-tailed bat could get speeds over 100 mph which puts them even faster than cheetahs and possibly the fastest animal on earth.
- Bats can locate food in total darkness by emitting inaudible, high-pitched sounds, 10-20 beeps per second, and listening to echoes.
- The “flying fox” found on islands in the South Pacific is the world’s biggest bat. It has a wingspan that can exceed 6 feet.
- Up to 1,200 mosquitoes, an hour can be consumed by bats. Bats also eat their mosquito body weight at night, helping to keep bug species in check.
- The smallest bat in the world is Thailand’s bumblebee bat, which is bigger than a thumbnail and weighs about a penny.
- During the harsh winter months, certain bats hibernate in caves and can withstand low conditions, even after being encased in ice.
- In the United States, over half of the bat species are in serious decline or listed as endangered.
- Many bats only have one pup a year, which leaves them especially vulnerable to extinction. Bat mothers, by their distinctive voices and scents, will locate their babies amid thousands or millions of other bats.
- From the giant flying foxes, with wingspans of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters), to the itty-bitty bumblebee bat, they vary in size from just a wingspan of 6 inches (15 cm).
- The bats tend to be immune to the scorpion stings of the Arizona bark scorpion, also the most venomous scorpion in North America. For some times of the year, up to 70 percent of the diet of a pallid bat may be scorpions.
- With millions of Mexican free-tailed bats roosting there every year between March and October, the Bracken Bat Cave in Texas is home to the world’s biggest bat colony.