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The Florida Bonneted Bat also known as the Florida Mastiff Bat and is the largest bat in Florida although they can weigh as much as 2 ounces. They have one of the largest wingspans of bats and have a very distinct set of extra large ears that face forward. They have a short glossy coat of fur that ranges in hues of grey and brown and sometimes have a white band on their torso. This breed do not migrate or have periods of hibernation. Bonneted bats  are non-dimorphic. Females tend to have one pup a year but can breed several times through the year as they are aseasonally polyestrous. As observed pups have been seen from April - December. Bonneted bats roost by themselves or in colonies that are have one dominate male and rest are females known as harems 



One of the most distinctive features of the Bonneted bats (which is how they received their name) is their ears! These bats have large ears that are joined together at the base at the crown of their head, as seen on the image to the right. These large ears help with echolocation and hunting as bats have very poor vision 


The Bonneted bat is one of the species of bats with the longest wing span.  Their wingspan can be as long as 20 inches. With these large wings, they are able to fly for higher altitudes and making taking off from high places easier  


The Florida Bonneted bat is a species known as free-tail bats, meaning that their tails extend past the wing's membrane which is part of the family Molossidae. As seen in the image to the right, there are three types of tail morphologies in bat species. Bonneted bat tail looks like the bat in figure B.  

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