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. Copyright Florida Bat Center 2005