Found throughout Florida, the Free-Tailed Bat is a medium-sized bat, 3-4” long, that roosts in tree hollows, often near water. Called ‘Free-Tailed’ as the tail extends out from the tail membrane. At night these bats forage within a 50 mile radius. Our only true flying mammals, bats use echolocation (sonar) to locate flying insects. After they trap an insect in the membrane between their hind legs, they seize it with their teeth. As with all warm mamal species, these mammals can carry rabies.
Latin Name: Lasiurus Intermedius
Habitat:Pine Flatwoods, Oak hammock, Swamp
Diet: Mosquitos, Flies, Beetles, Moths