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What kind of bats are these?

PostPosted: Apr 18, 2007 9:23 am
by MoonshineR DavE
On a caving trip in West Virginia some time back I took a pic of these bats and was wondering if anyone could tell me what kind they are.

PostPosted: Apr 18, 2007 1:08 pm
by Komebeaux
I will go out on a limb and say they are probably Little Browns. They sort of look like big browns because of the elongated bodies, but without a sense of scale, I don't know. I also am not sure if Big Browns cluster together like that, however.

PostPosted: Apr 18, 2007 1:54 pm
by MoonshineR DavE
If I remember right they were around 3"- 4" in length, but like I say "if I remember right". I have done alot of caving in the area and have never seen these in other caves so I didn't know if it is of any significance that they are there. :question:

PostPosted: Apr 18, 2007 6:01 pm
by Komebeaux
3 to 4 inches in length tells me they are probably Big Browns.

PostPosted: Apr 18, 2007 6:46 pm
by adleedy
i was along on that trip, and if i remember right we also thought they where big browns but we didnt think they clustered like that. i guess they do though

PostPosted: Apr 19, 2007 12:50 am
by tropicalbats
Big browns do cluster at some sites. I've seen up to 30 in a large, circular bunch. Many more in horizontal clusters a couple of bats wide. While the picture is not clear enough to say for sure, based on what can be noted they seem to be big browns.


PostPosted: Apr 19, 2007 3:51 am
by Amocholes
Cute little critters!

PostPosted: May 10, 2007 9:50 am
by incavenow
I've wondered what those were also..Did they have a cream colored belly? I saw some bats clustered like that in the coldest part of Johnson's Crook Cave in the winter and they were definitely NOT hibernating. They were very aware of us and obviously did not enjoy our presence. The ones I saw were Charcoal colored, cream bellys and as large as my hand.

PostPosted: May 10, 2007 2:35 pm
by MoonshineR DavE
As far as i know these did not have cream bellies, but then again i didnt bother to roll one over and lool. :tonguecheek:

PostPosted: May 11, 2007 11:29 am
by Komebeaux
Big Browns.

those are not

PostPosted: May 25, 2007 2:00 pm
by John Chenger
big browns, sorry.

BB have distinctive large dog-like snouts...these do not. They are probably little browns or much less likely Indiana bats.

Here's a big brown for a snout comparison: