Due to their uncanny resemblance to rats and mice, bats are often presumed to be flying rodents, a misunderstanding that furthers the animals sour reputation of being a pest.
But, are bats really rodents? Are they even remotely related to Rodentia, the family of mammals that are classified as ‘rodents’?
No, bats are not rodents. The difference between bats and rodents is based upon their dental structures. The teeth of rodents are highly specialized and have two key features not seen in bat teeth. Let’s clear up some confusion about the subject while also helping to educate people about the true nature of Chiroptera (bats).