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Long-eared Myotis Myotis evotis


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Long-eared Myotis
credit: Cobun/CCSA

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Family: Vespertilionidae, Vespertilionid Bats view all from this family

Description Differs from other long-eared Myotis in slightly larger body size, longer (more than 21mm) ears that are glossy dark brown to black, and lack of fringe on tail membrane. Forearm 36-41mm.

Dimensions 87-100mm, 36-41mm, 5-8g

Warning Bats are susceptible to rabies, a serious viral disease that results in death if untreated. Rabid bats rarely attack humans or other animals, but bats found lying on the ground may be rabid. Never touch or pick up any bat. Stay away from any animal that seems to be acting strangely and report it to animal-control officers. If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal, you must immediately consult a doctor for a series of injections; there is no cure once symptoms emerge.

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Alpine & subalpine habitats, Grasslands & prairies, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Northwest, Western Canada

Discussion Roosts singly or in groups of up to 30 under bark, bridges, and rocks, and in buildings, caves, crevices, hollow trees, mines, and sink holes. Forages in vegetated areas, where it gleans insects from the surface of the vegetation. Favors coniferous forest, but occurs into riparian desert scrub throughout much of western North America.