Range (in red) of the big brown bat
Range (in red) of the big brown bat
 
 
Close-up of a big brown bat
Close-up of a big brown bat
 
 
The size of an adult big brown bat
The size of an adult big brown bat
 
 
Close-up of the teeth of a big brown bat
Close-up of the teeth of a big brown bat
 
 
A big brown bat flying
A big brown bat flying
 
 
A big brown bat flying
A big brown bat flying
 
 
A big brown bat hanging in a cave.
A big brown bat hanging in a cave.
 
Big Brown Bat
Topic(s):   Bats, Cave Animals, Chaparral Animals, Forest Animals, Grassland Animals, Rainforest Animals, Woodland Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Biome(s) forest, rainforest, chaparral, grassland, woodland
Habitat(s) caves, cities, farms, hallow trees
Diet beetles, moths, flies, wasps,
Male male
Female female
Baby pup
Group colony
Life Span 19 years (wild)
Migrates yes
Hibernates yes
Predators owls, raccoons, snakes, cats
Endangered no

The big brown bat is large for an American bat. Its body is about five inches long. It has a wing span of almost 13 inches.

Many people are afraid of these bats. They should not be. The big brown bat helps humans. It eats annoying insects and garden pests. Its 32 sharp teeth are used for eating.

The big brown bat uses echolocation to find its food. Echolocation means that this bat uses sound to see where things are. It can fly up to 40 miles an hour. This bat catches the insects in its wings.

This bat hangs upside down to digest its food. The big brown bat does not eat when it is too cold or too rainy. It needs to store lots of fat to live through the winter. Most big brown bats do not live through the first winter. If it does survive, it can live for almost 20 years. That is a long life for a bat.

The big brown bat lives from Canada to South America and the West Indies. This bat is nocturnal. This means that it is active at night. It sleeps during the day.

Resource information

Big Brown Bat Fact Sheet. (n.d.). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Retrieved from http://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/bats/Big%20Brown%20Bat.php

Mulheisen, M., & Berry, K. (n.d.). Animal Diversity Web: Eptesicus fuscus. Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan. Retrieved from http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Eptesicus_fuscus/

Species Profiles. (n.d.). Bat Conservation International, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.batcon.org/index.php/all-about-bats/species-profiles.

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