Wildlife Information - Indiana Bat

The Indiana Bat, a small brown bat, is one of 13 species in Ohio and is distinguished from the Brown Bat by the characteristic pinkish brown to chestnut colouring. During the winter, the Indiana Bat roosts in caves and abandoned mines. During the summer, the bats roost in trees divided into two colonies, females and young or males.

Indiana Bat's eat insects generally during the 2 hours before sunrise and after sunset. The bats are an endangered species with approximately 380,000 bats living in Ohio and the surrounding states. Because of their preference for caves and mines and because they roost in very large numbers, 25,000 to 50,000 bats per cave, Indiana bats are extremely vulnerable to disturbance.

With various caves and roosts in Hocking County, be sure to keep an eye out for the Indiana Bat in your backyard!

Indiana Bat Fact Sheet

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