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California Leaf-nosed Bat Macrotus californicus


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California Leaf-nosed Bat
credit: United States National Park Service

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Family: Phyllostomidae, New World Fruit Bats view all from this family

Description Long ears (more than 25mm), gray fur, and a distinct, leaflike appendage on the tip of the nose. Tail extends slightly beyond edge of tail membrane. Forearm 46-55mm.

Dimensions 85-99mm, 28-41mm, 12-22g

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, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Southwest, California

Discussion May form colonies ranging in size from a few individuals to over 1000. Found in Lower Sonoran lifezones.