Where can I find information on the Indiana Bat? I need
to know a lot of things for a thing my science teacher calls the
Creature of the Week.
The Indiana Bat [Myotis sodalis] is very similar to the Little Brown Bat
but its hind feet are smaller and its fur is pinkish gray at the tips,
but otherwise is brown. Body is 40-48 mm long and the tail is 30-42 mm
It is endangered and is missing from most of its former range in the
midwest. Its range extends from Wisconsin into Arkansas and North
Carolina and up into New England. It is very rare in Illinois, but
common in southern Indiana.
It hybernates in caves and gathers in compact clusters often near groups of
little brown bats.
I have personally handled this bat and it is very defensive and threatens
more than some other bat species.
Your teacher is cool to use this bat as the Creature of the Week.
For more information, contact your states Department of Natural
Resources. Check out these sites:
Try Bat Conservation International for a starter:
Also any decent library should have some information
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Update: June 2012