Mexican Free-tailed Bats
also know as the
Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat
Their fur is reddish/brown or gray. They have black forward pointing ears. Their tails extend out more than 1/3 beyond their back.
(They mate before they migrate)
Number of Pups Born:
Litters Per Year:
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.
They live in massively large groups.
Caves, abandoned mines, or tunnels, and also roost in buildings, under bridges, in rock shelters, in hollow trees, and in cliff-face crevices
Do not hibernate
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
May travel up to 150 miles to feed
10 - 18 years
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"