Description: The northern
yellow bat is one of Florida's larger bat species. Its long, thick fur varies
in color from
yellowish- to grayish-brown. This enables it to be well camouflaged
in its preferred roost habitat of dead palm fronds.
Florida roosting preferences:
Solitary. Roosts primarily in the dead palm fronds of sabal
palms, but occasionally roosts in Spanish moss. The practice of
trimming dead palm fronds in urban areas destroys habitat for this
Insectivorous. Feeds on beetles, flies, damselflies, leafhoppers,
flying ants, and other insects. Often seen foraging around
give birth to one to four pups in late May through June.
Florida status: Common.
Florida range: Found
throughout the state, except the Florida Keys.
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