Southeastern Myotis

 

Southeastern myotis (Myotis austroriparius)

Identification

Total Length

3 to 4 inches  (7.7-10.1 cm)

Weight

5 to 12 grams

Wingspan

9½ to 10 inches (24-27 cm)

Back fur color

Brown, gray, orangish, may be wooly in appearance

Belly fur color

White to buff, lighter than back

Tragus

Elongated and pointed

Distinguishing characteristics

Toe hairs extend past claws

Roost Pattern

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Habitat

  • Found in caves, hollow trees, buildings and other man-made structures

Food Habits

  • Usually emerge at dark
  • Feed on flying insects such as mosquitos, midges, crane flies, beetles, and moths
  • Typically forage close to the surface of ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams.

Range

  • Southeastern Unites States from southeastern North Carolina to central Florida, west to eastern Texas and southeastern Arkansas through western Tennessee and Kentucky into southern Indiana and Illinois.

Range Map from Tennessee Bat Working Group 

Reproduction

  • Mating habits are poorly understood
  • Young born from late April to late May
  • Litter size usually 2 pups
  • Young able to fly at about 5 to 6 weeks of age
  • Maternity colonies can vary from hundreds to tens of thousands