Which Bats Live In Maryland?


Whilst in Baltimore recently I saw bats in the trees. I wanted to find out what species of bats live in Maryland so did some research.

There are ten species of bats that live in Maryland. These include the big brown bat, Eastern red bat, Eastern small-footed bat, evening bat, hoary bat, Indiana bat, little brown bat, Northern long-eared bat and the tri-colored bat.

If you want to know more about which bats live in Maryland then I have put some information together below which you may find useful.

Which Species Of Bats Live In Maryland?

There are ten species of bats in Maryland and these can be broken down into two categories of tree bats and cave bats.

Tree bats will migrate to hotter climates in the winter or will find warmer places to stay in Maryland such as under bark, leaf litter or in trees. There are four species of tree bat living in Maryland. These are the Eastern red bat, evening bat, hoary bat and the silver-haired bat.

Cave bats will hibernate either in tunnels or caves. There are six species of cave bats in Maryland. These are the big brown bat, Eastern small-footed bat, Indiana bat, little brown bat, Northern long-eared bat and the tai-colored bat.

All species of bats found in Maryland are Microchiroptera, also known as microbats. They feed on insects such as moths and mosquitos. Without bats it is estimated that there would be over $3 billion dollars in pest control required.

Big Brown Bat

The big brown bat is an insectivore that eats mostly beetles, but also consumes other flying insects like moths, flies, and wasps.

They live in all types of habitats, with a lifespan ranging from 18 to 20 years. This animal carries a lot of diseases, including rabies and parasites such as tapeworms and fleas.

The big brown bat is a small, nocturnal flying mammal. They live in colonies and uses echolocation to locate objects while flying at night. The color varies from brown to black. 

They measure from 11 to 13 cm, with a wingspan from 32 to 40 cm, and it weighs from 15 to 26 g.

The species of bat lives in North America and the Carribean.

Eastern Red Bat

The Eastern red bat is found across North America, and is a species of microbat.  They measure 109 mm (4.3 in) with a weight of just 7 to 13 .  

They have long pointed wings with short ears and a long tail.  

Eastern red bats are very maneuverable and can fly quickly with speeds up to 50 km p/h.  They do not hibernate, chosing to stay in the same regions all year.  They enter a state of torpor in hollow trees or leaf little to shelter.

They are prioritized as least concern by the IUCN.  Eastern red bats can be seen in early evening either around edges of forests and woods or flying around street lights.

Eastern Small-footed Bat

The Eastern small-footed bat is a nocturnal mammal found in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. 

Their face, ears, and wings are black, and the rest of the body is grayish brown. They measure from 6.5 to 9.5 cm, with a wingspan ranging from 21 to 25 cm, and weighs from 4 to 8 g. 

The Eastern small-footed bat is an insectivore eating beetles, moths, mosquitoes, and flies. 

They live in forests with caves and rock formations adequate for roosting. 

Their lifespan is 6 to 12 years in the wild, hibernating in winter.

Evening Bat

The evening bat is a species of vesper bat native to North America. They typically inhabit much of the midwestern and eastern regions of the United States. 

They are a small-sized bat, which weighs approximately 7-15 grams, with forearms spanning from 34 to 38 mm in length. 

The tip of their dorsal hair is light gray, with a brown pelage. The evening bat has robust jaws compared to other insectivorous bats. 

The average lifespan is less than four years, which may explain the higher reproductive output when compared to other bats that live longer.

Hoary Bat

The hoary bat is a nocturnal vesper bat found in parts of North America and Hawaii, where they are a native mammal.

They use echolocation for flying at night and to find food. Their color is dark brown, but the hairs have a white tip. 

They measure from 13 to 15 cm, with a wingspan measuring 40 cm, and a weight of just 20 to 35 g. The hoary bat is the largest species in Canada.

This species of bat insectivore eats moths, but also other insects like beetles, crickets, flies, and bugs. Some of the insects it hunts are considered pests. 

The hoary bat can usually be seen alone in trees along the borders of forests. You can also see them over lakes and other open areas and in coniferous forests. Hoary bats do not like to fly until it is dark.

Indiana Bat

The Indiana Bat is a midsize, social species of bat found in the eastern part of the United States. 

Their colors vary from dark brown to black. The Indiana bat measures from 4.1 to 4.9 cm and weighs about 7g. 

The Indiana bat is an insectivore and eats flies, moths, bees, wasps, midges, ants, mosquitoes, and beetles. They live in wooded areas, where they can be found roosting in trees. 

During the winter the Indiana bat hangs from ceilings clustered in groups to hibernate. 

Their lifespan is about 14 years and are considered an endangered species.

Little Brown Myotis

The little brown bat is a small North American bat. Their colors vary from light tan to dark brown, with a lighter color on its underbody. 

The little brown bat measures from 8 to 9.5 cm and weighs from 5.5 to 12.5g. 

Little brown bat

This insectivore eats mosquitoes, moths, and beetles. The little brown bats live in most of North America. 

They will find any place to roost during the day, such as trees, caves, and rocks. In winter, this bat hibernates in caves. Their lifespan is from 6 to 7 years.

Northern Long-eared Bat

The Northern long-eared myotis is a species of bat.  They use echolocation to navigate while flying. 

Their color varies from yellowish light brown to black, and measure about 8.6 cm and weigh from 5 to 8 g. 

This insectivore eats mostly moths, beetles, flies, and leafhoppers. They live in boreal forests (taiga) in the eastern, central part of North America. Their lifespan is about 18.5 years. 

They are an endangered species due to a sickness that is killing the species.

Silver-haired Bat

The silver-haired bat is a nocturnal, solitary mammal from the central part of North America. They use echolocation when flying to guide them and to find food.

Their color is normally black, but can sometimes be dark brown, with gray tips to their fur.  

They measure about 10 cm and weighs from 8 to 12 g. This insectivore eats flies, leafhoppers, moths, mosquitoes, beetles, bugs and ants, which they find in forest habitats.

Their average lifespan is 12 years, and they migrate to warmer climates in winter.

Tri-colored Bat

The tri-colored bat is a small, nocturnal species of bat found in eastern North America and Central America. They are one of the native North American mammals. 

Their colors range from yellowish-brown to reddish-brown. They measure from 30 to 35 mm and weigh from 4 to 10 g. 

The tai-colored bat is an insectivore eating moths, midges, flies, beetles, mosquitoes, and ants. They live in semi-open places with large trees in forests, grasslands, urban and suburban areas. 

Their lifespan is 4 to 8 years in the wild. It is possible that they could become an endangered species in the near future.

Bryan Harding

Bryan has spent his whole life around animals. While loving all animals, Bryan is especially fond of mammals and has studied and worked with them around the world. Not only does Bryan share his knowledge and experience with our readers, but he also serves as owner, editor, and publisher of North American Mammals.

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