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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Chiroptera
Family:Vespertilionidae
Genus:Myotis
Genus species:Myotis lucifugus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:4 cm
Weight:5-14 g
Identification:The little brown bat can be a variety of shades of brown.
Habitat:Forests close to water
Diet:Carnivore: insectivore, particularly insects with aquatic larvae stages
Reproduction:During the summer, females will move to maternity sites, although breeding doesn't occur until fall. Gestation lasts 50-60 days, with one or two young being born in May-June. The babies can fly by three weeks of age. These bats can live up to 33 years old.
Females often form large colonies (up to 1000 individuals) in warm dry areas. Males will join these colonies after the young are born.
Behavior:Like most bats, little brown bats are nocturnal and hunt via echolocation.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Bats are well-known carriers of rabies, a disease that is contagious and deadly to humans. Predators of little brown bats include hawks, owls, raccoons, minks, and leopard frogs.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Little brown bat
Myotis
Vespertilionidae
Bats
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata