The short velvety fur varies in color from dark brown to dark gray. Like
other bats in the family Molossidae the tail extends well beyond a short
preferences: Colonial. So
far, in Florida, this bat has only been found roosting in buildings. In
Cuba they are known to roost in rock crevices, tree hollows, buildings and
the cracks in utility poles.
Food preferences: Insectivorous. They feed on planthoppers, leafhoppers, grasshoppers,
moths, beetles, mayflies and other small flying insects.
Reproduction: Females give birth to a single pup, but may have more than one
reproductive cycle in a year. Pups are born during the summer from June
Florida status: Uncommon.
Florida range: Found only in the Florida Keys from Key West to Key Largo.
The velvety free-tailed bat was first discovered in the Florida Keys in
It is believed this species arrived in Florida from Cuba as a result of
natural causes. Since then it has expanded its range throughout most of
the Florida Keys from Key West to Key Largo.
Copyright Florida Bat Center 2005