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Wildlife Center of Long Island
Wildlife Hotline: (516) 674-0982

Bats on Long Island

There are 7 species of bats that are commonly found on Long Island. All of these species are insectivores feeding on moths, mosquitoes, and beetles. A single bat can consume up to 1,200 mosquitoes in a single hour! They emerge in the early evening to feed and are active throughout the night until the early morning.

Eastern Red Bat on Long Island

Eastern Red Bat

Little Brown Bat on Long Island

Little Brown Bat

Tricolored Bat on Long Island

Tri-Colored Bat

Big Brown Bat on Long Island

Big Brown Bat

Northern Long Eared Bat on Long Island

Northern Long-Eared Bat

Hoary Bat on Long Island

Hoary Bat

Silver Haired Bat on Long Island

Silver-Haired Bat

Did you know?

Bats aren't actually blind! Despite what you may have heard, bats have fairly good eyesight. Additionally, they use echolocation by emitting high-pitched squeals through their nose and mouth. These noises are used to locate food, other bats, and other objects while flying.

Coexisting with Bats

Bats are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to easily coexist with them.

  • Install bat boxes like these to prevent them from roosting in your house
  • Seal any entrances to your house to prevent bats from getting in


Wildlife Center of Long Island is not licensed to care for bats. You can contact our hospital about a sick or injured bat and we will provide you with the appropriate resources.

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Wildlife on Long Island

Long Island is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and marine life. Here are some examples of the wildlife you might find on Long Island.






Reptiles & Amphibians

Shorebirds & Seabirds

Small Rodents