Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

On July 4th, while packing up our picnic, the kids heard a PLOP.  They turned around an noticed this little guy on the ground.  He had fallen out a large pine tree.

Mexican Free-tailed Bat

He only opened one wing, so we don’t know if he was injured.  He crawled around a bit trying to find some shade to hide.  

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We knew he was unhappy where he was, so we helped him back to the tree.

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You can barely see him below.  Hopefully, he survived. 

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After our hike, we found him about two feet higher than where we left him.  

  • Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
  • Medium Sized Bat – wingspan is between 12-14 in, weight is between 0.4-0.5 oz.
  • Life span – about 18 years
  • They eat a whole lotta bugs.  

Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas is home to over 20,000,000 Mexican Free-Tailed Bats.  You can get more information at Batcon.org.  There is even a video!

  • Kingdom:  Animalia
  • Phylum:  Chordata
  • Class:  Mammalia
  • Order:  Chiroptera
  • Family:  Molossidae
  • Genus:  Tadarida
  • Species:  T. brasiliensis

Bats are the only flying mammals.  

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6 responses to “Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

  1. Awwww….he’s cute. I hope he made it.

  2. We are going to TX this summer in August. While there, we are going on a boat bat tour. We are excited. 🙂

  3. Not Inadequate

    Bats are awesome! Did you kiss him on his little bat lips?

  4. beneitaflemmer

    So AWESOME!!!!!! Always and adventure with you guys!!!!

  5. How awesome is this? Very!

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