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Bats: Glossary

A

audible
able to be heard or to hear

C

carnivores
meat eaters
Chiroptera
scientific name for bats
clotting
the process of blood that allows it to stop flowing from an injury
conservation
protecting nature and its resources

E

echo
a sound reflected from a surface
echolocation
natural ability of some animals to use echoes for locating food and navigation
excrement
body waste or poop

F

fangs
sharp teeth that can pierce food or skin
fertilizer
a material that improves the soil

G

germinate
to begin growth
guano
bat poop (see "excrement")

H

habitat
environment where an animal lives

L

litter
a group of animal babies born at one time to a mother animal

M

mammal
animals that have live births, feed milk to their young and have hair or fur

N

nocturnal
animals that hunt at night and sleep during the day

P

pollinate
to move pollen from one part of a plant to another
puncturing
to poke a hole

R

rabies
an infectious disease
rodents
small nibbling mammals such as mice, rats, and squirrels
roost
bat living area

S

saliva
spit
stroke
a medical condition where a blood vessel in the brain bursts or is blocked, causing damage to the brain
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