TODAY | October 25, 2013
>>> creepy critters for halloween.
>> she's petting a bat.
>> julie scardina is here to dispel the smiths we have about these creatures that come to mind with the -- let's not call it a holiday.
>> that bat is creeping us out. it was hanging on the tree. it just flew off the tree.
>> we'll put him back up here so everyone can get a view. these are the most mysterious of the halloween creatures, right? they're the most misunderstood. even hoda earlier said, they get stuck in my hair.
>> i read that on google. they're nocturnal.
>> yes, they are nocturnal but they're not blind. a lot of people think they are rodents. they are most closely related to primates.
>> what do they eat?
>> that's a great question. so we have a fruit bat here.
>> there he goes.
>> he is a pollen ator.
>> he pollen aates.
>> he pollenates all the stuff you like the most.
>> okay we get it.
>> and then they disperse seeds after that. this guy is an insect eater. because he eats -- he can eat 1,000 insects an hour.
>> good for him.
>> and is it worth that? if it wasn't for him, we would be overrun with insects.
>> here are little worm things. put them right up there under his nose so he can see them.
>> is that his mouth or other end?
>> he is grooming himself.
>> where is his face.
>> his face is right there.
>> did he get it?
>> come on, that's not nice.
>> there we go. think about them as a baby, it's kind of sweet.
>> there we go.
>> he's loving it.
>> bring on the raven.
>> okay. we're going to take these guys off. the next animal here, and we have a beautiful raven. now here's another animal, again, because of edgar allen poe , you know, depression and death and all that stuff. this guy has got great personality. they're one of the smartest animals in the animal kingdom . talk about personality, okay, people are afraid of him.
>> okay. and he's now gone.
>> you know what? he is afraid of pumpkins we have found out.
>> he's on the roof top.
>> he's coming back down.
>> come on.
>> bring out the python. i never thought i'd want to say that.
>> we'll leave the raven up there. he'll come down in a little while.
>> who is going to good get the raven?
>> let's bring the snakes out.
>> let's bring the snakes out!
>> a lot of people don't really -- i don't like his face towards me like. that.
>> is that for me?
>> the nice thing about these, three snakes that we have here are they are ambassadored. so when people don't like things, it's often because they don't know about them.
>> they never met one in person.
>> i met one.
>> i like how you're holding him.
>> give him a little support.
>> give him some support.
>> these animals are -- the same type of thing as great to go to zoos to find out a little bit more. you don't want to put their faces close together.
>> they're not friends?
>> no. we wouldn't necessarily have -- these two are housed together. they're the same type. this is actually called a red python.
>> we have to bring on the cat.
>> okay. let's take these guys off.
>> the raven son the way, hoda.
>> it's all about getting to know animals. that's what zoos can provide by coming and visiting.
>> it's a black cat . normal?
>> this is just a black cat . not only does it perform in our show at sea world in orlando, but people think black cats with bad omens and they're not.
>> we love you, julie.