The gray bat is a crtically endangered species that are in danger of becoming extinct. This species is the most cave dependent compared to other bats and typically live in caves year round.
Gray Bats as their name describes have dark gray fur but may bleach to a russet chestnut brown after molting season that occurs in July to August. They weigh 0.24 to 0.56 ounces
These bats are insectivores that feed on flying aquatic and terrestrial insects along rivers, lakes and streams. Most commonly consuming flies, mayflies, beetles, and moths.
Mating occurs when the females enter caves for hibernation. Males bats will remain active a few weeks after the female bat begins hibernation. Females will store the sperm over winter become pregnant in the spring and birth a single pup in late May to early June.
Gray bats can be found along the southeastern United States from Florida to as far north as Virginia and as far west as Arkansas.
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