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 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
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 Insectivorous bat
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 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
 Insectivorous bat
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 Insectivorous bat

Insectivorous bat

In the wild, many insectivorous bats usually capture their preys while in flight. Captive diets for insectivorous bats include mealworms, crickets, fruit flies and blow fly larvae. Other items such ,as termites, cockroaches, spiders, woodlice, beetles, moths, grasshoppers, mosquitoes, caterpillars, raw meat, cottage cheese, chopped eggs, cray fish, veal liver, chopped vegetables and fruits (e.g. apple, melon and grape) are also given to the captive specimens. Commercial food like rat pellets and canned feline or dog food have also routinely been fed to the captive bats. Another important fact is that the insects fed to the insectivorous bats are typically low in calcium. Therefore, calcium-enriched diet with vitamins should be supplemented for captive specimens. The following diet is recommended for captive insectivorous and frugivorous bats: mixed baby cereal (20.7 %), wheat germ (4 %), nonfat dried milk powder (9 %), calcium caseinate (15.8 %), sugar (45.5 %), casein-based protein supplement (3 %) and mineral- vitamin mixture (2%). The ingredients should be mixed properly. Then 100 g of dry mix is mixed with 540 ml nectar, 260 ml water and 6 ml corn oil. Mixed liquid diet can be fed to the bats with banana. Food is offered in dishes. Bats may either be trained to feed from dishes or they may be hand fed. The remnants of the previous diet should be removed daily.

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