Big Brown Bat

Big Brown Bat

Eptesicus fuscus
VESPER BATS (Vespertilionidae)

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This species of bat is brown and about 4-5 inches long.  It was identified with the help of two local experts, Russ Benedict and Jeremy White. These smaller bats are not easy to identify, but a key feature is the shape of their tragus, the elongated part inside the outer ear, photo 1. This specimen was photographed on a Cottonwood tree on the floodplain of Fontenelle Forest in early August 2012.

This species of bat is assumed to be common in Fontenelle Forest, but seldom seen in daylight.

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