Antrozous pallidus
©Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

Pallid Bat

Antrozous pallidus

Description: Body length about 4 1/4 to 5 1/8", with a 15 1/2" wingspan. Beige fur above, almost white below. Has very big pale ears.

Range: Across much of American west, up and down the coast from Canada to Mexico.

Habitat: Roosts in rock crevices, caves, mine shafts, under bridges, in buildings and tree hollows.

Diet: Crickets, scorpions, beetles, grasshoppers, various other insects.

Behavior: Roosts in small colonies of about 12 to 100 bats. Emerges late at night to feed primarily on the ground. With its large ears, it can hear the footsteps of insects on the ground, then swoops down to grab them. It's immune to scorpion venom. Forms nursery colonies, bears one or two pups each year, usually in June.

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