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Smile for the Camera

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This is "Tough Guy", and I think he's a big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus, based on what I can see of his dentition, the shape of his tragus, and from what I've gathered from the other bats I've caught in the building. I forget what number Tough Guy is this season, I lose track of these things. But anyway, he's a male as far as I can tell, which is rare compared to females. For those that don't know, I do bat rescue in the dormitories here. He's really quite nice, but likes to put on his tough guy display now and then, hence his name. It's not so much a display of ferocity as it is a desperate act of a tiny creature to scare off the much larger and potentially dangerous human; me.

This is another photo of the same bat, "Tough Guy":

My ID is based on the collective information I've gathered from all the photos of bats I've caught in the building, however, the possibility may exist that there is more than one species of bat roosting in the building. Another possible candidate is the evening bat, Nycticeius humeralis, and the little brown myotis, Myotis lucifugus. Here are photos of other bats I've caught in the same building:

"Sweetie":
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/766649400/
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/852112174/
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/619704352/
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/624008607/

"Bird Bat":
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/569023964/
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/564616300/

"Christmas Bat":
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/497601101/
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/497565825/

"Baby Bat":
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/603093359/
www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/642370378/

Or just see all of them here:
www.flickr.com/search/?w=98528214@N00&q=eptesicus&...

Along with the above photos, I've been using the following links to attempt a positive identification of all the bats I've caught in the building, as well as the corresponding Google, Wikipedia, and EOL.org pages to each species I look into:
www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/bats/nhpbatf...
www.hastingsreserve.org/mammals/Bats/ToothGap.html#Top
content62.eol.org/content/2012/05/08/07/86468_orig.jpg

I'll let him go once it's dark out. Ugh, I wish I had a place with better lighting for photography though. Also, should I crop this photo?

If you'd like to use this photo for anything, at least let me know about it, please.

#457 in Explore, 30 June 2007

This photo was also featured in Daily Flickr:
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  1. mpudi97 48 months ago | reply

    Did anybody already say ? Don`t crop. His left ear is too nice ;-)

    Great picture !

  2. Miss a Liss 48 months ago | reply

    awesome picture. I love bats and it is cool you rescue them and let them go. I have done that a few times myself. And this picture should be framed and hanging somewhere!! It is my new favorite!!

  3. Elaine's Portfolio 48 months ago | reply

    thanks for being Creative Commons. I am using this image on my facebook as illustration for my bat story. I have a bat trapped in my basement that I need to evict.

  4. PsycadelicOwl 46 months ago | reply

    He's kinda cute :) but I think I'll keep my fingers far away from him.

  5. kevinraggio.com [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

    excellent capture of emotion and lighting here! pure excellence.

  6. ~Brenda-Starr~ 42 months ago | reply

    You got to love that smile! :)

    Fab photo!

    --
    Found in a search. (?)

  7. The hills are alive* 42 months ago | reply

    What an amazing image....and it sound like you do great work too... Bravo on both counts!

  8. KrisssKristin 32 months ago | reply

    Wow, this is amazing! Really great photo!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. John Reason 32 months ago | reply

    I would like to let you know that I have used this picture for an article on Real Vampire News. It sure is an awesome photo. www.realvampirenews.com/2011/08/the-art-of-fangsmithing-v...

  10. jennysquib1 27 months ago | reply

    That's a fabulous pic. What courage these wee creatures have! Were I to encounter a beast as big to me as you are to him - i'd die of fright!!!

  11. subarcticmike 24 months ago | reply

    red riding hood's wolfie is
    w-a-a-a-a-a-aaaay
    outclassed :)

    super shooting

  12. syntithesis 24 months ago | reply

    Check out that smile!

    I would love to get into bat rehabilitation some day. Good work!

  13. samfreney 23 months ago | reply

    Neat shot. Used as a header image for an article on fear, for a couple of months from May 28 2012. matthiasmedia.com/briefing

  14. Furryscaly 21 months ago | reply

    This is "Tough Guy", and I think he's a big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus, based on what I can see of his dentition, the shape of his tragus, and from what I've gathered from the other bats I've caught in the building. I forget what number Tough Guy is this season, I lose track of these things. But anyway, he's a male as far as I can tell, which is rare compared to females. For those that don't know, I do bat rescue in the dormitories here. He's really quite nice, but likes to put on his tough guy display now and then, hence his name. It's not so much a display of ferocity as it is a desperate act of a tiny creature to scare off the much larger and potentially dangerous human; me.

    This is another photo of the same bat, "Tough Guy":
    Not So Scary

    My ID is based on the collective information I've gathered from all the photos of bats I've caught in the building, however, the possibility may exist that there is more than one species of bat roosting in the building. Another possible candidate is the evening bat, Nycticeius humeralis, and the little brown myotis, Myotis lucifugus. Here are photos of other bats I've caught in the same building:

    "Sweetie":
    Countertop Bat Little Pink Tongue Thirsty Beautiful Beady Eyes

    "Bird Bat":
    Big Brown Bat Quarry

    "Christmas Bat":
    Doin' What I Do Christmas Bat

    "Baby Bat":
    Bilateral Symmetry These Wings Beat No More

    Along with the above photos, I've been using the following links to attempt a positive identification of all the bats I've caught in the building, as well as the corresponding Google, Wikipedia, and EOL.org pages to each species I look into:
    www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/bats/nhpbatf...
    www.hastingsreserve.org/mammals/Bats/ToothGap.html#Top
    content62.eol.org/content/2012/05/08/07/86468_orig.jpg

    I'll let him go once it's dark out. Ugh, I wish I had a place with better lighting for photography though. Also, should I crop this photo?

    If you'd like to use this photo for anything, at least let me know about it, please.

    #457 in Explore, 30 June 2007

    This photo was also featured in Daily Flickr:
    www.moisesdaniel.net/dailyflickr/servlet/FrontController?...

  15. thewritingreader 20 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing via Creative Commons. I've used this on my blog today at www.thewritingreader.com/blog/2012/08/31/prompt-406-word-...

  16. ilieattruthordare 17 months ago | reply

    I used this picture in the last few seconds of the stop-motion video here:

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/1431077765/apocalypse-now-po...

    Thanks so much for making this wonderful photo available!

  17. QuHarrison Terry 13 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the image I used it for my blog... quharrison.com/bats-love-nachos/

  18. slinger311 13 months ago | reply

    That is really cool! I've been hoping to find someone that does bat removal in Monroe, GA. I'd love to see one for real.

  19. SBSmags 8 months ago | reply

    Great Shot! He looks much "tougher" in the first photo than the one where you are holding him. I used your photo in a bat article on my website: “Make Your Garden Batty”. Photo credit and link back to your flickr profile at bottom of article.

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