There are sixteen species of bats in Arkansas. All of the bats in Arkansas eat insects. Here are some of them
The Brazilian free-tailed bat is named that because its tail extends beyond its tail membrane. This bat lives in colonies. It is a very fast flier. In Arkansas, the freetail bat is found mostly in the southern and eastern parts of the state.
Townsend's Big-eared Bat is found only in northwest Arkansas. A similar species called Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat occurs in southern and eastern Arkansas.
The Gray Bat is also found in Arkansas. It occurs primarily in the Ozarks, where they have pups only in a few special "maternity caves." For this reason, it is considered to be an endangered species.
Keen's Myotis is found in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains. In the Ozarks, they live in caves, but in the Ouachitas, they are usually found in abandoned mines.
The Hoary Bat is one of the larger bats in Arkansas with a wingspan of about 16 inches. Its name is due to the effect of having white tips on the hairs. It is one of the largest bats in the U.S. It likes evergreen trees and eats moths
The Red Bat is probably the most common bat in Arkansas. It is usually the first bat to come out in the evening, even before dark. It is normally found in trees, but it is hard to spot because it can look just like a dead leaf!
The Pipistrelle Bat is the smallest bat in Arkansas. It is around three inches long with about a seven inch wingspan.