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Spotted Bat Euderma maculatum


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Family: Vespertilionidae, Vespertilionid Bats view all from this family

Description Unmistakable, with three white spots on the back, and large, pinkish ears. One of North America’s most beautiful bats. Forearm 48-54mm.

Dimensions 107-125mm, 47-55mm, 15-22g

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 Canyons & caves, Deserts, Cities, suburbs & towns, Forests & woodlands

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, California, Western Canada

Discussion It feeds on a variety of insects, particularly moths, and has some echolocation calls that sound like clicks to humans. Widespread but rarely seen, the Spotted Bat lives in the mountain and basin country of western North America from sea level to 3000m, and frequents open ponderosa pine woodlands in many areas.