Move Over, Bela. We’re for Real!
What exactly do we know about Desmodus Rotundus? We know they are commonly called Vampire Bats, because their food source is a little unusual – blood.
These creatures are plentiful mostly in Mexico and South America, and their distinctive, razor-sharp incisors and canines make them appear a little scary. To some, they are as frightening as they look. These bats cannot live longer than two days without a meal of fresh blood.
Most bats are fruit eaters, with no ability to maneuver on land. The vampire bat can run along the ground at speeds close to five miles per hour, or hop like a frog, despite having powerful wings equipped for flight. They live in dark places and hunt exclusively at night, where they attack sleeping mammals from the ground, sucking their blood. And yes, humans are mammals!
One of the unique weapons of this tiny hunter is its saliva, which is rich in anticoagulants, preventing the blood vessels from healing and enabling prolonged bleeding. While most do not, some bats do carry rabies, so they should never be handled by humans.
Finally, is there any truth to the vampire legends of movies and TV? Perhaps. Their most common feeding method is to sink their sharp fangs into their victims’ necks and suck out as much blood as possible – at night, of course.