Small-footed Myotis Bat
PHOTOS BY MERLIN TUTTLE
Small bat, fur varies from light brown on its back to pale yellow on its belly. Small feet, black ears, and a black mask across the eyes and nose. (Very similar to California Myotis)
Primary Prey: Flies, moths, and beetles.
Range: Deserts, chaparral, riparian zones, and western coniferous forest; it is most common above piñon-juniper forest. It prefers open stands in forests and woodlands as well as brushy habitats. Streams, ponds, springs, and stock tanks are used for drinking and feeding.
Behavior: Individuals are known to roost singly or in small groups in cliff and rock crevices, buildings, concrete overpasses, caves, and mines. Foraging flight is slow and maneuverable. They forage early in the evening, feeding among trees and over water, they feed on a variety of small insects. This species requires water, and often is seen to drink soon after emergence. Humid roost sites are preferred. It has a remarkable tolerance for cold, often hibernating in cold, drafty sites.
Threats: May be affected by closure of abandoned mines without adequate surveys and by recreational caving. Contaminant poisoning is a possibility.
Wingspan: 23 cm/ 9 inches
Weight: Avg. 0.15 oz / 4 g
Length: 83 mm / 3.25 inches
Offspring: 1-2 pups
Lifespan: 12 years