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Big Free-tailed Bat Nyctinomops macrotis


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Big Free-tailed Bat
credit: M. Siders

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Family: Molossidae, Free-tailed Bats view all from this family

Description Large bat with wrinkled lips. Upperparts range from pale reddish brown to almost black, but individual hairs are white at the base. Large ears are joined at the base. Forearm 58-64mm

Dimensions 120-160mm, 40-57mm, 22-30g

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 Deserts, Canyons & caves

Range Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, California

Discussion Inhabits rugged, rocky canyon country in southwestern United States.