Birthing: Red bats: 3-4 young per year. May-June. Others: One young per year in April-July.
Eyes opened: 2-5 days
Weaning (beg-end): 2-6 weeks
Active: Night time; hibernate in winter.
If a bat is found inside a house and the outside temperature is less than forty degrees, a rehabilitator should be contacted about possibly overwintering the bat.
Are bats dangerous?
Although a small percentage of bats can carry rabies, healthy bats will not attack you. If you stand still they will not fly into you. Bats do a great service by eating insects (diving at the insects is often mistaken for an attack on a human). One bat can eat up to 3000 mosquitoes in one night. They are gentle creatures; so never needlessly destroy.
How do I know if a bat has rabies?
There’s a bat in my attic/house. What should I do?
How do I keep bats from coming back?
The bat won’t leave or can’t fly. How do I get it?
I have found a sluggish bat during the winter. What do I do?
More about bats
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