- Scientific Name
- Myotis leibii
- Global Conservation Status (IUCN)
Eastern Small-footed Bats feed primarily on flies and moths though studies have also found spiders, crickets, and ants in their diet. They have short, broad wings and capture prey both in the air and from the ground.
Fun Fact: Individuals in the wild are estimated to live between six to 12 years.
Appearance: The Eastern Small-footed Bat has glossy chestnut brown fur, a black face, black wings, and very small feet (less than two cm in length). It weighs around four to five grams.
Habitat: This species is among the rarest in the United States and not much is known about its habitat. During the summers, they roost in rock fields and talus slopes, favoring areas with high sun exposure. Colonies are also occasionally found in stone buildings and bridges.
Eastern Small-footed Bats hibernate during the winter in caves or crevices. In parts of the Northeastern United States, they become active during mild winter weather (12 °C to 50 °F).
Conservation Concerns: Eastern Small-footed Bats appear to be less vulnerable to White-nose Syndrome than other hibernating bat species, despite early concerns about the impact of the disease. The US Fish and Wildlife Service determined that federal listing of the species as endangered was not warranted in 2013. Primary conservation concerns include habitat destruction and alteration, as well as human disturbance during hibernation.
Bat Conservation International’s Conservation Projects including the Eastern Small-footed Bat:
- Abandoned Mines and Subterranean Habitats
- Conservation of Public Lands
- North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)
- White Nose Syndrome Research