Tri-colored Bat

Tri-colored bat
ODWC

Category
Mammals
Status
Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Description

Tri-colored bats are small bats that vary in color from pale yellow to golden-brown. In hand, the skin over the forearm bones is reddish, contrasting with black wing membranes. Each hair is tri-colored; grey at the base, light yellow in the middle with brown tips.

Size

3-3.5 inches

Habitat

The preferred daytime roost is caves, rock crevices and tree foliage. During winter these bats hibernate.

Life History

As with other Oklahoma bats, the tri-colored bat feeds on insects. They are nocturnal during the spring, summer and fall seasons but may emerge as early as one hour before dusk to feed. They hibernate during winter and are occasionally covered with water droplets while in hibernation.

Wildlife Watching Tips

Learn more about this and other Oklahoma bats in the free "Bats of Oklahoma Field Guide." 

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