Which creature was once known as a flittermouse? – 2017

Which creature was once known as a flittermouse?
– Bat
– Gray squirrel
– Field mouse
– Yard mole

The smallest and most commonly observed of Britain’s 14 native bat species, the Pipistrelle bat appears numerous times in classic literature as “flittermouse.” These active flyers flit about while eating flying insects. They are native to woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, parks and gardens across the British Isles. Its jerky, erratic flight patterns is how the bat chases its prey. It was this distinctive manner of flight that gave rise to its name “flittermouse.” Source: TheFreeDictionary.com


Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera whose forelimbs form webbed wings; they are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Chiroptera
Higher classification: Laurasiatheria
Phylum: Chordata
Mass: Lesser horseshoe bat: 5 – 9 g, MORE Encyclopedia of Life
Wingspan: Lesser horseshoe bat: 19 – 25 cm, Mediterranean horseshoe bat: 30 – 32 cm
Length: Lesser horseshoe bat: 3.5 – 4.5 cm, Mediterranean horseshoe bat: 4.3 – 5.8 cm, Cape horseshoe bat: 5.8 – 6.2 cm

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