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Silver-Haired Bat

Lasionycteris noctivagans
Chuck Fergus

The silver-haired bat is a medium- size bat: length, 3.7 - 4.5 inches; wingspread, 10.5 -12.1 inches; weight, 0.25 - 0.35 ounces. The fur is soft and long; the sexes are colored alike, blackish-brown tipped with white, for a bright, frosted appearance.  The silver-haired bat inhabits wooded areas bordering lakes and streams. It roosts in dense foliage, behind loose bark, or in a hollow tree, rarely in a cave. It begins feeding earlier than most bats, often before sunset. Silver-haired bats do not hibernate in Pennsylvania, migrating farther south. In summer, a few may breed in the cooler, mountainous sections of the state, but most go farther north.


Pennsylvania Game Commission
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Attn: Mammal Atlas Coordinator
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Bureau of Wildlife Management