英会話ブログ その752      Animals, from A to Z

2016/01/31

"V" is for Vampire Bats

Vampire bats live in very dark places and drink blood to survive.  Blood is their main source of nourishment.  It is their prime food source.  Like the urubu (king vulture), they inhabit (live in) Central and South Ameica.

They love hot and humid places and because of their sonar capabilities, they can function in complete darkness.  

Vampire bats live in colonies (groups) in caves, or old wells, or in holes in large tree trunks.

The vampire bat has special teeth, very sharp and shaped perfectly for biting into its victim's bodies and feeding on their blood.  Vampire bats feed mostly on the blood of mammals, (including humans), as well as the blood of birds.

Vampire bats are small creatures with tiny ears and a short tail.  Their front teeth are highly specialized for cutting and razor sharp.  The horror character, Dracula, has such teeth.

Vampire bats use infrared radiation to locate blood hot spots on their prey, usually sleeping animals, and of course, people too !                                 (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
vampire bat                      血吸いコウモリ
drink blood to survive            生きるために血を飲む
main source of nourishment        主要な栄養源
inhabit                           生息する
sonar capability                  音波探査能力
tree trunk                        木の幹
feed on 〜            〜を食べる
mammal                            哺乳類
infrared radiation                赤外線照射
prey                              獲物

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