10 Ohio Bats: Identification
Ohio is home to many mammal species, including ten different species of bats, with a few classified as endangered.
This article identifies the ten types of bats found in Ohio.
Big Brown Bat
The big brown species is the second most common in Ohio. As the name suggests, it is one of the larger species with thick brown to light copper-colored fur on its back with a paler underbelly. During the winter, it dwells in caves and roosts during the summer.
Out of all Ohio bats, the big-eared bat is one of the rarer species in the state, mostly found in Adams County. The bat is medium-sized with distinctive long ears reaching a length of 38 mm. The enormous ears extend to the middle of the body when laid back. They also have two large fleshy glandular bumps on its nose. They are mainly found during the summer in Ohio, as they tend to migrate south during the winter.
Eastern Pipistrelle Bat
The eastern pipistrelle is one of Ohio’s most miniature bats. Its color varies from yellowish-brown to reddish-brown and has pinkish arms, small, pointed ears and black wing membranes. During the winter, the bat stays in caves and mines and spends its time in cavities during the summer.
Eastern Small-Footed Bat
The eastern small-footed bat is the smallest rarest bat species of all. As its name suggests, it is a small species with relatively small feet. Its fur is brown with a golden sheen, contrasting its distinct black face and ears. They hibernate in caves, mines, under large boulders and rock fissures during the winters.
The evening bat resembles the big brown bat; however, it is slightly smaller. The fur is dark brown at the base, dull gray-brown at the tips with lighter brown below. It is one of the uncommon species in Ohio, living primarily in the south-central part of Ohio. Evening bats roost in tree crevices and even the wood in buildings. However, as they historically prefer tree hollows, they rarely enter caves except to participate in swarming activities.
The Indiana bat is an endangered species at both federal and state levels. They are typically dark brown or dark gray with soft fur. Since the Indiana bat closely resembles the little brown bat, it can be hard to distinguish them. Both males and females roost separately in loose tree barks and cavities throughout the summer; however, both move south to hibernate during the winter.
The little brown bat species is Ohio’s most common bat. However, it is sometimes mistaken for other local species. Like the big brown bat, it has thick brown fur on its back with paler, almost gray hair on its stomach. As a year-round resident of Ohio, it uses mines and cave tunnels to hibernate during the winter while settling in tree cavities during the summer.
Northern Myotis Long-Eared Bat
The northern myotis long-eared bat is a medium-sized bat similar to its close relative, the little brown bat with light to dark brown fur; however, its more extended, more pointed ears distinguish it. It is a year-round resident of Ohio, wintering in mines and caves while using tree cavities for summer roosting.
Red bats have reddish-brown fur with white shoulder markings. Their tails and wings are long and pointed. During the summer, they roost in tree branches and they roost in tree cavities during the winter. However, unlike most other bats they do not roost in large numbers.
True to its name, the silver-haired bat has a frosted silver coloring to the tips of its fur, distinguishing it from other Ohio bats. It generally lives in the state’s northern forests, where it roosts in trees. During the winter season, it moves south to warmer areas.
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As you can see, residing in Ohio, you can find ten types of bats. Unfortunately, no one is ever immune to having a bat issue. Are you one of the unfortunate but part of a long list of people now enduring bats in your Ohio home or business?
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