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Wingspan: 15 – 16", Body length: 2 1/2 – 3”
Diet: insects and other arthropods
The name "pallid" refers to the pale yellow color of this bat's fur. One of the more common of the many species of Arizona bats, pallid bats probably live in rock crevices above the cliff dwellings. In the 1960's, two scientists studying bats at Tonto National Monument observed this species continuously landing on the floor of the Lower Cliff Dwelling. Although they are better known for catching flying insects, these pallid bats were apparently feeding on crawling scorpions.
Bats are among nature's most maligned and misunderstood animals. While it is true that some South American species of vampire bats feed on blood (including human blood), many other "facts" about bats are simply not true: they are not flying rodents, are not blind, and do not tangle themselves up in women's hair. Indeed, bats are diverse and fascinating creatures that generally avoid people. Twenty-eight different kinds live in Arizona.
Did You Know?
Tonto National Monument is home to a crested saguaro. Botanists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of lightning or freeze damage. About one in 150,000 saguaros develop this unusual growth.