Eastern Small-footed Myotis

Myotis leibii

Order: Chiroptera

Suborder: Yangochiroptera

Family: Vespertilionidae

Call characteristics:

High frequency caller (40 - 50 kHz)


3 - 3 3/8 in

(7.5 - 8.5 cm)


1/8 - 1/4 oz

(3.5 - 6 g)


The small-footed myotis has yellowish, brown fur with a darker under coat and dark wings, ears, and face. True to its name, the small-footed myotis has little feet that are only 1/4 inch (7 - 8 mm) long. They prefer habitat in hardwood forests in upland and lowland areas. During the summer, this species can be found roosting in the holes of trees or rock crevices, or within older buildings or tunnels. When winter rolls around, they will choose to hibernate in very cold caves or mines. The small-footed myotis will eat a variety of insects, including moths, beetles, and members of Diptera. 

Conservation Status

U.S. FWS - not listed
Mexico - not listed
Image by Mathias P.R. Reding


The eastern small-footed myotis can be found in southeast Canada as well as east and central United States


Photo Credit:  Jessica Nagel




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Information used to populate this page was obtained from the following sources:


NatureServe Explorer

United States Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Conservation Online System 

Bat Conservation International Bat Profiles

Taylor, M. 2019. Bats: an illustrated guide to all species. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books.