Reproduction in bats is fascinating – to me anyway. Delayed fertilization, multiple pups, gestation periods, raising the kid(s), fly or die… So much happens after mom’s one or two night stand! Some of the questions I would like to answer include:
How old are bats when they start to reproduce?
When do bats mate?
How long is the gestation period?
How many babies do they have?
How long do the babies stay with mom?
What happens the first time the babies fly?
I will focus on Tadarida, but will include how some other bat species reproduction differs from them.