Common name:  Seminole bat

Scientific name Lasiurus seminolus

Family: Vespertilionidae

Photo by Jerry L. Gingerich, D.V.M.


Description: The fur of the Seminole bat is a rich mahogany color.  On some individuals the tips of the fur are white, giving them a slightly frosted appearance. A patch of white fur is often found on the shoulders and wrists.  Seminole bats are closely related to the eastern red bat and are very similar in appearance.

Wingspan:         11-13 inches

Body length:     1.8-2.7 inches

Weight:               0.3-0.5 ounces

Florida roosting preferences:  Solitary.  Commonly roosts in pine trees and Spanish moss. 

Food preferences:  Insectivorous.  Feeds on moths, beetles, true bugs, flies, and other insects.  Can be seen foraging for insects around streetlights.

Reproduction:  Females usually give birth to three or four pups, but may give birth to one or two.  The young are normally born in mid-May through mid-June.

Florida status: Common.

Florida range:  Found throughout the state, except the Florida Keys.

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