Lesser Long-nosed Bats

Distinguishing Features:

Big ears with a triangular shape on their noses.

 

Mating season:

Winter

 

Birthing Season:

Spring

(6-month gestation period)

 

Number of Pups Born:

1

 

Litters Per Year:

1

 

Nursing Behavior:

Females form large nursing colonies.

 

Behavior:

Colonized.

They roost in caves or abandoned mine shafts.

The same places are used every year while also serving as nursing roosts.

They are very selective when it comes to where to roost.

 

Habitat:

Desert scrub with access to roosting areas such as mines and caves.

 

Hibernation:

Do not hibernate.

 

Migration:

Long-distance migration of approximately 1,000 miles following the blooming fruits and nectars.

 

Diet:

Nectarivores

One of three nectar-feeding bats in America.

They only eat the fruit and nectar of night-blooming cacti that includes saguaro, cardon, organ pipe, and several agave species. 

 

Life Span:

15-20 years

 

Fun facts:

They have tongues as long as their bodies!

There are about 40 known roosts in America with only 3 nursing roosts!

They highly beneficial pollinators, in-fact, the tequila industry would fail without the help of these bats, as they are the biggest pollinators of the agave cactus! 

 

 

“The Tequila Bat”

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520-561-1355

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P.O. Box 91934

Tucson, AZ 85752

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