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little brown bat

Scientific Name: Myotis lucifugus

Description: Little brown bats range in size from 1 to 4 inches and weigh between .2 and 1.5 oz. As their name suggests, their entire body is covered with brown fur. Bats have fairly long lives compared to other animals. They have been known to live up to 30 years, but most die within 5 years.

While these bats are flying, they can move at speeds of 12 mph over a fairly long period of time.

Habitat: These bats can be found all over the planet except Antarctica. They can live in forests, grasslands, jungles and residential areas. They like to live in huge groups inside caves, but can live inside buildings and abandoned wells.

Food:  Little brown bats feed on all types of insects. They eat A LOT of insects. A single bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour! Usually the bats will use echolocation to find and catch the insects in the air. Echolocation is a special form of radar. The bats use hypersonic sound waves- sounds that are too high pitched for us to hear- to find the insects. The bats emit the sound waves and then listen as the waves bounce off the insects and back to them. The bats know where the insects are just by listening to these sound waves.  No, these bats will not try to suck your blood or land in your hair!

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