Habitat of the big brown bat
Habitat of the big brown bat
 
 
Close-up of a big brown bat
Close-up of a big brown bat
 
 
The size of an adult big brown bat
The size of an adult big brown bat
 
 
Close-up of the teeth of a big brown bat
Close-up of the teeth of a big brown bat
 
 
A big brown bat flying
A big brown bat flying
 
 
A big brown bat flying
A big brown bat flying
 
 
A big brown bat hanging in a cave.
A big brown bat hanging in a cave.
 
Big Brown Bat
Topic(s):   Bats, Cave Animals, Chaparral Animals, Desert Life, Woodland Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat woodland, desert, chaparral, cave
Diet insects
Wingspan about 13 inches (33 centimeters)
Migration no
Hibernates yes
Male male
Female female
Baby pup
Group colony
Predators owls, raccoons, snakes, cats
Endangered no

The big brown bat is large for an American bat. Its body is about five inches long. Many people are afraid of these bats. They should not be. The big brown bat helps humans. It eats annoying insects and garden pests. Its 32 sharp teeth are used for eating.

The big brown bat uses echolocation to find its food. Echolocation means that this bat uses sound to see where things are. This bat catches the insects in its wings. It can fly up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) an hour. If it survives its first winter, it can live for about 19 years. That is a long life for a bat. It lives from Canada to South America and the West Indies. This bat is nocturnal. This means that it is active at night. It sleeps during the day.

Resource information

Big Brown Bat Fact Sheet. (n.d.). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Retrieved March 12, 2013, from http://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/bats/Big%20Brown%20Bat.php

Mulheisen, M., & Berry, K. (2000). Animal Diversity Web: Eptesicus fuscus. Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan. Retrieved March 12, 2013, from http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Eptesicus_fuscus/

Species Profiles. (n.d.). Bat Conservation International, Inc. Retrieved March 12, 2013, from http://www.batcon.org/index.php/all-about-bats/species-profiles.

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