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Northern Myotis Myotis septentrionalis


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Northern Myotis
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Alternate name: Northern Long-eared Myotis

Family: Vespertilionidae, Vespertilionid Bats view all from this family

Description A long-eared bat with long, sharply pointed tragus. Differs from Long-eared Myotis in having slightly paler ears, and from Keenís Myotis in having slightly paler shoulder spots and lacking the few scattered hairs on the tail membrane. Forearm 35-40mm.

Dimensions 80-96mm, 29-46mm, 4-11g

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, Cities, suburbs & towns, Forests & woodlands

Range Plains, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada, Western Canada

Discussion Hibernates in caves and mines. Nursery roosts are under loose tree bark, or in buildings. Prefers coniferous forests, but lives in a variety of woodlands.