• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    National Monument Arizona

Pocketed Free-tailed Bat

Pocketed Free-tailed Bat
Nyctinomops femorosaccus

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Wingspan: 13 – 15”; Body length: 2 – 3”
Diet: moths and other insects

The “pocket” that gives this bat its name is formed by a flap of skin between the knee and base of the tail. As one might suppose, the rest of the tail is not attached to a membrane.

The pocketed free-tail bat is found in the arid lowlands of the Southwest, and primarily roosts in rock crevices.

Did You Know?

crested saguaro

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.