Virginia Big-Eared Bat

Virginia State Bat

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Virginia big-eared bat - photo by Jeff Hajenga / U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region (on Flickr - use permitted with attribution).

Official State Bat of Virginia

The Virginia big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus) was designated the official state bat of Virginia in 2005; this symbol helps to educate Virginians about caves and the creatures that inhabit them. Texas and Oklahoma also recognize bats as official state symbols. All State Mammals

Virginia big-eared bats are listed as state and federally endangered, mainly due to their small population and limited habitat and distribution.

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Images

States in which the Virginia big-eared bat is known to occur: KY, NC, VA, WV - public domain image from USFWS - Virginia big-eared bat (Corynorhinus (=Plecotus) townsendii virginianus)

Cluster of hibernating Virginia big-eared bats - photo by Craig Stihler / U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region (on Flickr - use permitted with attribution).

Videos

Virginia's Endangered Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat