Scientific Name: Myotis leibii
Classification: Mammal, Order Chiroptera
- Species of Greatest Conservation Need-Tier 3a on the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan
Habitat: Small-footed bats hibernate in locations that are very close to freezing and can be found in caves, rock fissures, under large boulders, and in mud cracks in the floors of cave passages.
Diet: The feeding habits of the small-footed bat have not been extensively studied. These bats feed on flies, beetles, true bugs, leafhoppers, and flying ants and have been observed feeding while flying in slow erratic patterns less than ten feet above the ground.
Little is known about the reproductive habits of this bat. It is believed that mating takes place before hibernation and that this is followed by delayed fertilization as frequently occurs in other Myotis species. Females form small maternity colonies in the spring, and it is thought that one pup is typically born each year, though twins occasionally are produced.
Primary threat is white-nose syndrome. Protection of winter hibernacula and summer roosts (rocky outcrops, boulder fields, cliff lines, etc.) are conservation priorities.
Last updated: August 19, 2023