• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    National Monument Arizona

Townsend's Big-eared Bat

Townsend’s Big-eared Bat
Corynorhinus townsendii

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Wingspan: 12 – 13”; Body length: 2 – 2 1/2”
Diet: moths

The big-eared bat does, indeed, have large ears – as much as 1” long.

This bat is found throughout the western US, with a few isolated populations in the eastern US. Both of the eastern subspecies are considered endangered. Human activity has caused females to abandon nursing colonies, leaving the young to starve.

Did You Know?

snow in the desert

Tonto National Monument averages 15" of rain annually. Snow is a rare occurrence, but as long as temperatures remain above freezing, the saguaros don't seem to mind!