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Biology of Alabama Freetail Bat

The free tailed bat is sometimes said to be Mexican in origin but in fact it is also found in great abundance in Brazil. Therefore it is also sometimes referred to as the Brazilian free tailed bat. The other name of this bat is the Austonian bridge bat. The size of this bat is not too small neither too large and it is said to be a native animal to Americas. In fact it is considered to be one of the most abundant mammals currently found in North America. There are certain characteristics of this bat which make it especially vulnerable to the human disturbance. It is due to the same reason that their natural habitats are also being destroyed by man. The most important feature of this bat which has also become a reason for the destruction of its habitats is its appetite and roosting activities more often.

Even in the state of Alabama it has been noted down that the numbers of this bat have reduced even in the single roosting activity. In the coastal parts of California, this specie is being studied with special concerns because of the rapid decline in its population. This bat usually migrates in winters but the destination is still unknown.


Habit and Habitat
The Mexican free tailed bat is considered among the most widespread bat species especially in the western Hemisphere. This bat is found in the whole area ranging from southern side of United States and if found up to the areas of Mexico and even to the ones of Central and South America. In South America, the Mexican free tailed bat is specified up to the highlands and coastal area of Brazil. However it is not found in the Amazon forest. In addition to this, the bat is also found in some of the regions of Caribbean. Usually the average altitude range of this bat is between 1000 meters and 3000 meters.


Roosting locations
Usually the Mexican free tailed bats roost in the summer season. They are found roosting in the caves and also found sometimes in the buildings. Usually these bats prefer to roost in those areas and locations where they find enough space and exposure to light and darkness between the ceilings and crevices. It is not necessary that these bats only roost in the old buildings. They roost wherever they find enough and suitable space. Even these bats also roost in the spaces and areas where humans dwell.

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