PHOTOS BY MERLIN TUTTLE
The ears of the spotted bat are rolled up around its head when
it is resting. When the bat becomes active they expand
with blood flow and unroll
Its body is jet-black in color with two large white spots on its shoulders and one white spot on its rump. It’s large ears have a pinkish tone. The fur on its underbelly is snow white. The wings are also pink in color.
Primary Prey: Moths. They tear off the wings of the moth and eat only the abdomen.
Predators: Owls, raccoons and skunks. Human caused changes to their environment seem to be the biggest threat. Pesticide use: bats may accumulate through their diet of insects.
Range: This bat can be found from British Columbia, Canada southward thought the western United States and into Mexico. They roost on vertical cliffs and in open canyons, associated with a water source such as a spring, creek, river or lake. Migration or Hibernation (torpor).
Status: This bat is considered to be one of the rarest bats in North America. It is considered to be a species of special concern.
Wingspan: About 14 inches (35.56 cm)
Weigh: 0.6-0.7 ounces (17.0-19.8 g)
Body length: 4.0 to 4.50 inches (10.16-11.43 cm)
Offspring: 1 pup. Usually born in June
Life Span: Perhaps up to 20 years