U.S. state bats

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As of February, 2011, at least three US states had an official bat. The general assembly of North Carolina considered a bill in 2007 that would have made Rafinesque's big-eared bat its state bat. The bill passed 92–15, but died in the state senate.[1]

State bats[edit]

State State bat Scientific name Image Year adopted
Oklahoma Mexican free-tailed bat Tadarida brasiliensis
Closeup of Mexican free-tailed bat 2006[2]
Texas Mexican free-tailed bat Tadarida brasiliensis Closeup of Mexican free-tailed bat 1995[3]
Virginia Virginia big-eared bat Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus a large bat with mouth open, and wings unfurled, lit up against a black background 2005[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House Bill 1683 Official State Bat (2007-2008 session)". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Senate Selects Bat as State's Flying Mammal". Oklahoma State Senate: Communications Division. 8 March 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 95, 74th Legislature, Regular Session (1995)". Texas State Legislature. 1995. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  4. ^ "HB 2579 Bat, big-eared; designating as official emblem of State". Virginia State Legislature. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2011.