Mexican Free-tailed Bats

also know as the

Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat

Distinguishing Features:

Their fur is reddish/brown or gray. They have black forward pointing ears. Their tails extend out more than 1/3 beyond their back. 

Mating season:

Spring

(They mate before they migrate) 

 

Birthing Season:

Summer

 

Number of Pups Born:

1

 

Litters Per Year:

1

 

Nursing Behavior:

Mexican Free-tails roost in thousands.

Mothers and pups roost in separate areas of the caves.

The pups roost at the highest reaches of the cave where the temperatures are the warmest. The mother finds her baby by recognizing its cry.

 

Behavior:

Colonized

They live in massively large groups.

Habitat:

Caves, abandoned mines, or tunnels, and also roost in buildings, under bridges, in rock shelters, in hollow trees, and in cliff-face crevices 

 

Hibernation:

Do not hibernate

 

Migration:

Mexican free-tailed bats migrate south in the winter and return to roosting sites in the summer.

They spend the winters in caves in Mexico and spend warmer months across the south-western states

 

Diet:

Insectavores 

(Microchiroptera)

May travel up to 150 miles to feed

 

Life Span:

10 - 18 years

 

Fun Facts: 

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, and Bracken cave in Texas, each house  Millions of bats! 

Bracken cave is home the the most Mexican free-tailed bats in the world!

 

"The Bracken Cave Bat"

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