The Florida bonneted bat has short fur in colors ranging from black to reddish-brown. Its round ears meet at a single point in the middle of the forehead. This species lives in semitropical forests including mangroves and is only found in small regions of coastal Florida. It roosts in trees, buildings, and crevices. This endangered species is threatened by dwindling habitat lost to human development and hurricanes; populations also suffer indirect poisoning by pesticides. Mothers rear an individual pup during summer but may be polyestrous, birthing a second pup in midwinter.
Photo Credit: Florida Fish & Wildlife
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Information used to populate this page was obtained from the following sources:
National Atlas of the United States. (2011). North American Bat Ranges, 1830-2008. National Atlas of the United States. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/pz329xp4277.
Taylor, M. 2019. Bats: an illustrated guide to all species. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books.