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Eastern Small-footed Myotis Myotis leibii


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Family: Vespertilionidae, Vespertilionid Bats view all from this family

Description The smallest North American Myotis differs from other eastern Myotis in its smaller size, shorter ears and hind feet, and keeled calcar. Face and ears also darker black than other overlapping bats. Many roosting bats have orange chiggers on their ears. Small feet have no hair on the toes.

Dimensions 73-82mm, 29-36mm, 3-7g

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.

Similar Species Similar to Western Small-footed and Californian Myotis, but range does not overlap with those species.

Habitat Canyons & caves, Forests & woodlands

Range Plains, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada

Discussion Individual hairs are varying shades of brown, but overlain with a somewhat golden sheen. Forearm 30-35mm. Uncommon and limited to eastern deciduous and coniferous forests.