The California Bat

Myotis californicus

The California Bat
Family:
Vespertilionidae
Description:
A small, buff colored species
Track:
Size:
Habitat:
Roosts in buildings, caves, mine shafts In CA, associated with oak woodlands and pinyon-juniper of the desert, more characteristic of lower elevations; not commonly entering the mountains or inhabiting coniferous forests
Range:
Found statewide except in the highest elevations; from central Mexico to Baja CA, east to the Rocky Mountains
Food:
Forages for flying insects in early evening, often hunting only 5-10 ft above ground
Breeding:
Single young born between late May and early July
Comments:
Medium-sized ears, barely extend beyond the tip of the snout when laid forward; ears, face and wing membrane are darkly pigmented
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