LITTLE BROWN

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CLASSIFICATION:

FAMILY: Vespertilionidae

GENUS: Myotis

SPECIES: lucifugus

PRONUNCIATION: my-oh-tis loo-ciff-a-guss

DESCRIPTION:

Fur is glossy, yellowish to dark brown and paler below. Uropatagium is dark brown and mostly naked. The patagium is dark brown, mostly naked, except scattered hairs and basal fur. Wingspan is 9-11″.

DIET:

Insects. They seem to prefer to forage above water, but will also forage among trees in open areas.

NORTH AMERICAN RANGE & HABITAT:

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Little brown bats are typically found close to lakes or streams. This bat usually hibernates in caves and mines, and often associates with big brown bats and eastern pipstrelles. In the summer, they often inhabit buildings (usually rather hot attics), where females form nurseries. Colonies of hundrends and even thousands of individuals have been reported. Little is known about where males spend the summer, though it is likely scattered and solitary with a variety of roost types.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

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This tiny animal has a life expectancy greater than 20 years. Known maximum longevity for a wild specimen is 34 years at present. One young is produced annually.