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Little Brown Bat

Little Brown Bat

Myotis lucifugus This is a small bat about the length of a human finger and the weight of a large coin. It takes flight at dusk to feed upon a variety of insects that are captured on the wing. In summer, female bats give birth to a single young (rarely twins) in nursery colonies that may contain dozens or hundreds of individuals. Colonies occupy tree cavities, caves, rock crevices, outbuildings, and attics. Young bats nurse for several weeks prior to venturing out to prey upon insects. In fall, bats move to special hibernation habitats that are humid enough to prevent dehydration and cool enough to conserve energy. It is during this period they are most vulnerable to disturbance and to disease. Photo Credit. US Fish & Wildlife

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