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Pallid Bat Antrozous pallidus


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Pallid Bat with scorpion
credit: USGS

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Family: Vespertilionidae, Vespertilionid Bats view all from this family

Description A whitish bat with orange shoulders and large, well-separated pinkish ears. The eyes are relatively large, and the large muzzle is bare. Forearm 48-60mm. Gregarious and locally common in the west, this bat has a distinctive odor, which emanates from glands on the muzzle.

Dimensions 92-135mm, 35-53mm, 13-29g

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.

Breeding Breeding takes place in the fall, but females store sperm until ovulation occurs in the spring, resulting in births during May-June.

Habitat Canyons & caves, Deserts, Cities, suburbs & towns

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, California, Northwest, Western Canada

Discussion Unique foraging style allows it to pick up prey, such as scorpions, from the surface of the ground. Uses a variety of arid and semi-arid habitats.