Tricolored Bat

Perimyotis subflavus


Conservation Status

  • Tricolored bats are our basin’s smallest bat, weighing about the same as a nickel. 
  • Fear of rabies has maligned the species, which pollinates crops and flowers and keeps mosquito populations in check. Over the course of 40 years, only 16 people died after contracting rabies from the species. Vending machines kill 13 people every year and cars kill 1.35 million.
  • Tricolored bat populations have declined rapidly in the last two decades, due to white-nose syndrome. 
  • You can help stop the spread of the disease by staying out of caves during the hibernation season from the beginning of September until the end of April.

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