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 Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)




Little Brown Bat | Myotis lucifugus photo
Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)

Photograph by Fritzwater, W.D. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ). License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

Little Brown Bat | Myotis lucifugus photo
Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) in summer roost - the eaves of a house in Pennsylvania

Photograph by Bearerofthecup. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

LITTLE BROWN BAT FACTS

Description
The Little Brown Bat varies in color from dark brown, golden brown, reddish, to olive brown. The chest and belly is lighter. The wing membranes are dark brown or black with little or no hair. They have small ears. The hind feet are large and hairy.

Size
Length: 6cm - 10cm (average 9cm). Wingspan: 22cm - 27cm.

Environment
prefers forested lands near water, but also found in drier areas where moisture can be found. Roosts in buildings, trees, under rocks, and in wood piles

Food
insects which they catch in flight. Insect prey is usually 3m - 10mm long

Breeding
A single young is born after a gestation period of 50 - 60 days. The young are weaned after 21 days.

Range
southern Alaska, Canada, across the United States from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts, and the higher elevation forested regions of Mexico.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Chiroptera
Family:Vespertilionidae
Genus:Myotis
Species:lucifugus
Common Name:Little Brown Bat


Relatives in same Genus
  Southwestern Myotis (M. auriculus)
  California Myotis (M. californicus)
  Gray Myotis (M. grisescens)
  Northern Long-eared Myotis (M. septentrionalis)
  Indiana Bat (M. sodalis)