Common name Gray myotis

Scientific name Myotis grisescens

Family: Vespertilionidae


Description:  The fur of the gray myotis is uniformly gray in color.  The individual hairs do not vary in color from the base to the tip as with other myotis species.

Wingspan:         11-13 inches

Body length:     1.6-2.2 inches

Weight:               0.3-0.4 ounces

Florida roosting preferences:  Colonial.  The gray myotis is a cave dwelling species and hibernates in caves during the winter months.

Food preferences:  Insectivorous.  Feeds on moths, beetles, flies, mosquitoes, midges and other insects.

Reproduction:  Females give birth to a single pup in late May or early June.

Florida status: Rare.  Classified as Endangered by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Florida range:  North Florida is the southern extent of the gray bat range.  There are only a few caves in the panhandle of Florida that serve as roost sites for this endangered bat.

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