Maternity colony: Bats live in colonies but it is not hard for them to find each other
for mating. In San Bernardino males and females typically stay segregated until the time they are ready to mate.
When a female gets pregnant it leaves the colony and get included in the other colony that is typically
a maternity colony and where there may be hundreds of female California bats are already residing. This female
colony might be the sub colony of the larger colony in the same area.
The breeding season: The breeding in bats is in the summers when temperature is warmer. The season also brings a larger food stock for them as well. Typically the bats have only one breeding season but it is possible for a female to have one, two or even three litters in that time frame. However only a single young will be born at a time. The young bat is known as pup. At the time of birth the pup is very tiny and absolutely unable to fly or crawl. After some weeks it starts crawling and this is the time when there are higher chances for a pup to become a prey for its predator. For diet the pups depend on their mother milk and become able to find their own food from six to twenty four weeks.
When do bats reproduce?
One of the most influential factors in the cycle of San Bernardino bat breeding is weather. Female bats must require enough amount of food available to make sure the embryo is developing properly when it is carrying a child. For such reasons in temperature climates female bats give birth during summer. But in the tropics, bats used to have more flexibility at the time of giving birth. Some California bats close to equator can produce more frequently.
Bat mating process: Generally California bats start their mating for the first time when they are about 14 months; however there are some species that mature sexually much lower. The mating process is performed usually at night when the male awakes the female bat by biting on her neck. Mother bats are very intelligent and take very good care of their off springs. They use to give full attention and protection to the pup until it becomes able to take good care of itself and start hunting on its own along with drinking milk of mother.
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