Bat Facts

Bat Facts

Hoary BatWhat do bats look like?
  • They are small animals with wings made up of a thin membrane. The bones in their wings are very similar to the bones in human hands.
  • Their color varies from tan, brown, rust, and black.
  • There are 18 species of bats that call Utah home and all of them have different sizes. Some are the size of a hummingbird and weigh 1/10th of an ounce, other species have a wingspan of 17 inches and weigh as much as an ounce.
Where do they live?
  • Bats can be found throughout the state and roost in many habitats, which may include caves, mines, hollow trees, leafy plants, rock cliffs and buildings.
  • Most bats are year-round residents of the state and hibernate during the winter.
What do they eat?
  • The bats that live in Utah mostly eat insects, but some also eat fruits. Those that eat bugs eat 30-100% of their body weight in insects each night.
What eats them?

Did you know?

Bat’s use echolocation to find their prey. Using sounds and listening to the echoes, a bat can tell not only the location of an object, but also if its moving or stationary, soft or hard, and its size.Big Eared Bats

  • Utah is home to 18 species of bats. (Allen’s big-eared bat, big brown bat, big free-tailed bat, Brazilian free-tailed bat, California myotis, fringed myotis, hoary bat,little brown myotis, long-eared myotis, long-legged myotis, pallid bat, silver-haired bat,spotted bat, western pipistrelle, western red bat, western small-footed myotis, Townsend’s big-eared bat and yuma myotis)
  • Bats are the only mammal capable of true flight.
  • All bats are protected under Utah law.
Threats to bats:
  • Bats can be a carrier of rabies, like any mammal. Because of this it is important that you never pick up a bat and that you keep your pets vaccinated.
  • Habitat loss, particularly from improper mine closures and development.