The newest addition to the federal endangered species list is the Florida bonneted bat, the state's largest and rarest bat species. They have a wingspan of almost 20 inches and atop their heads are large, broad ears that slant forward over their eyes like an old-fashioned bonnet. Scientists figure there are only a few hundred left. They live nowhere but in South Florida, where their habitat is expected to be inundated by rising seas due to climate change — hence the decision last month to put them on the endangered list. For a gallery of photos of other Florida "political animals," go to tinyurl.com/tbtimes-polianimals.
Rare bat threatened by rising seas around Florida peninsula
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