There are thousands of bats species around the world, so there is nothing new and interesting to learn about bats. Better than the fun facts about bats, about a new bat species you may have never heard of. What about the spotted bat? This bat is unique compared to some of its related species. If you want to learn fun things about Spotted Bats, read on!
Most distinguishing features
The spotted bat is scientifically called Euderma maculatum. In this article, both monikers will be used to describe this interesting bat species. Probably the most characteristic is their ears. They are large and quite striking for their pink color. Their wings are also transparent pink. For their bodies, they are easily distinguished by their jet-black fur and large white patches. They have two white spots on their shoulders and two on their bottom. Their bellies have soft, snow-white fur under them.
The most common areas to find Euderma maculum species are areas of open woodland and rugged terrain, dry land and desert brush. In fact, they move to warmer areas as soon as they arrive on the winter deck, and even sleep throughout the season. They spread to Canada and the South through the western United States, and even into Mexico. They enjoy large rocks, open canyons and of course, like any other bat, caves. They almost always sleep near viable water sources, such as springs, rivers, lakes, and rivers.
Euderma maculatum are insectivorous, meaning that they mainly eat insects. They especially like moths. What’s interesting is that they don’t eat kite wings, just torso!
Spotted bats, like all small bats, have a long list of predators that they will choose for food at any time of the day. This includes owls, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, skirting, and most importantly, humans. Underdevelopment, pesticides, hunting, and there are many ways that we endanger the lives of bats.
While spotted bats are not technically on the endangered species list, they are considered one of the rare species in North America.
Female bats give birth to a baby every year, usually in late May or June. Baby bats are called puppies. Researchers don’t know much about the lifespan of spotted bat species, but bats can live up to 20 years depending on the region, species and many other factors. They remain solitary as a colony and are very territorial.