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Silver-haired bat

Lasionycteris noctivagans


We found this little guy lying immobile in a bowl of soapy water we had been using to wash the car. We though he was dead at first but I was able to very gently clean him & warm him up. Once he started to show signs of life he clung to my wrist for a couple of hours (presumably he liked the warmth) & we were finally able to release him. Not sure of the species.

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Brown Bat
Myotis lucifugus

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KarenL 7 years ago

Added to North American bat tracker mission. I obviously should have worn latex gloves before handling the bat but was unaware of that at the time.

Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Jip, this one is scary enough for Halloween!

KarenL 8 years ago


GretelDeRuiter 8 years ago

Oh my heavens!

KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Kerry!

kerrydonovanbrown 8 years ago

Great story Karen. :-)

KarenL 9 years ago

I've updated the identity!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks JT! Unfortunately I can't recall many details - this was pre Noah! Looking at the link you gave me, facially it does look like a silver-haired & I would say the coloring was silvery black rather than brown. It was also found right at the edge of the range indicated on the link so I'm thinking you are probably right.

J.T.Layne 9 years ago

Interesting story Karen, glad you were able to rescue it. Can you remember if there was fur on at least 1/3 of its tail wing (skin between it's back legs)? Little browns do not have any fur on its tail wing, and the general size and shape of its face has me thinking that this is possibly a Silver-haired bat. As opposed to the chocolate brown color of little browns, silver-haired bats are usually black with white "frosted" tips on their back.

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Stian!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Great picture Karen! That's a nice smile =)

KarenL 9 years ago

Gabi - I've just noticed it's scientific name does look a bit like 'lucifer' too!

KarenL 9 years ago

Gabi, he certainly has an impressive set of teeth for an insectivore!
IgCN, not too good at the moment as I'm broke! I've been living off my savings for the past couple of years while my green card application has been going through. Hopefully my house in England will sell soon & we can start traveling again! Costa Rice & Ecuador/Galapagos are top of my list! :)

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

great story and great sighting Karen! how are the CR plans going?

Michelle Parish
Michelle Parish 9 years ago

Myotis lucifugus - Little brown bat... maybe?

KarenL 9 years ago


JillyEnFuego 9 years ago

There's a bat mission going on!

KarenL 9 years ago

It's a bat but I have no idea what kind.

KarenL 9 years ago

Of course it was only afterwards I thought about rabies!

JillyEnFuego 9 years ago

Is it some sort of bat?

KarenL 9 years ago

It is!

Aman 9 years ago

2 hours! So cool!

dandoucette 9 years ago

Wow, Really small. Nice watch too, is that a Swatch?

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Québec, Canada

Spotted on Aug 15, 2009
Submitted on Aug 18, 2011

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