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DEATH VALLEY WILDLIFE >
Mammals > Bats
Found in upper creosote bush desert to subalpine confifer forest.
One of the most common bats at lower elevations; forages within 15 feet from ground in early evening.
Forages in early evening; frequently drinks after emerging; feeds low over brush; roots in caves.
Most often found in conifer forests; rapid, direct flier; hunts at tree tops.
Forages after sunset over water.
Found around water in forested areas; flies slow with frequent short glides.
Most commonly seen bat in park; forages before sunset to after sunrise; slow, fluttery flight; in rocky canyons.
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
All elevations; roosts in abandoned mines; most disturbance-sensitive bat species in western U.S.
Leaves roost at deep dusk; usually feed in pairs; flight steady and rapid; wooded areas.
Largest bat in the park; found in wooded areas; swift direct flight; emerges late in evening, occasionally on warm winter afternoons.
Rarely seen, but has distinctive auditory echolocation call.
Late flier; forages near ground, often lands to pick up scorpions and other insects; slow wing-beats.
Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Flies high and fast; often roosts in large colonies.
Big Free-tailed Bat
Leaves roost late dusk; rare in U.S.