Where Do Bats Live? Where Can You Find 'Bat Caves' In Nature? | Kidadl


Where Do Bats Live? Where Can You Find 'Bat Caves' In Nature?

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Bats are unfamiliar to most people as they live in dark caves, are small in size, and feed at night.

Bat species can be found throughout the world, except in the Arctic, Antarctic, and oceanic islands. These bat species also inhabit the semitropical and tropical regions of the world.

The bat is the only flying mammal. The elongated arm bones and fingers make up the wings. 

The bat can fly long distances. It drops from its perch and starts flying. If you suddenly appear in a cavern full of flying bats, it would come rushing towards you.

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Where do bats live during the day?

Bats can be found in every type of habitat. The bat lives in the caverns, woodlands, suburban communities, attic, and even isolated city buildings. They make their homes or roosts in different edifices like caverns, bridges, trees, cracks in the structure, and the basement of your houses.

Some bats roost in an abandoned quarry, barns, caverns, and any shelter, which are dark and isolated and provide protection from predators, fluctuating weather conditions, and isolation to rear their young ones. The resting sites are rock crevices and hollow trees. Some species of bats roost in the exposed areas, hanging upside down on the branches of the trees.

Bat caves are found in nature in woodlands, forests, and mountains. Most bats, like flying bats, are nocturnal. They fly at dusk to find their food. Bat are nocturnal and go hunting at night, leaving their roosts at dusk. When leaving their roost, they first go to the streams, rivers, lakes, or ponds and take a dip, so they often roost near the freshwater sources. They lower their jaws to drink water while still in flight. After drinking water, bats search for insects to eat them. Bats can eat insects in flight by hunting with the help of a sonar sound called echolocation.

During the day, the bat sleeps in rock crevices, caverns, trees, and buildings. It means during the day, they need a safe place to sleep. The cave is the perfect location for a protected shelter in which bats can survive. Hanging upside down in the ceiling of a cavern, they are safe from their enemies. Some bats live in large colonies like the Mexican free-tailed bats.

Where do bats live in homes?

During the cold months, you can often find bats in your homes. The bat hibernates from October or November till March or April. Most bats migrate to their caverns and mines for hibernation, but now the suburban bat hibernates inside the buildings and human homes.

Bats live in homes in the barns, attic, sheds, isolated residential areas. They enter your house through the gaps in the rooftops and uncovered chimneys. Once the population of bats increases in your home, many problems will arise like smell, noise, and risk of contracting any illness. To remove the bat population, you can contact a wildlife conservation specialist to evacuate them safely.

On which trees do bats live?

Bats are found in many different countries, except in icy regions. In the United States, bats enjoy a temperate climate. They can also survive in areas where food is readily available. The bat's habitat is mainly found in the woods, open fields, suburban areas, deserts, and forests. Bats roosting requirements or habitat depend on the species type. The bat prefers to live in caverns, hollowed logs, trees, and human residential structures.

The trees on which bats live are oak, ash, hoary, and beech. They also prefer any tree with cavities in the trunks, loose bark, woodpecker holes, thick ivy, splits, and cracks.

Little Red Flying Foxes roosting in bat camp.

Where do bats hibernate?

Most of the bat species habitat comprises tropical forests. 70% of bats feed on insects, other tropical species, and fruits. A few bat species are carnivorous and feed on invertebrates like birds, frogs, mice, and fish.

Bats hibernate to their roosts during the extreme chilly season. For hibernation, the temperatures range from 35-40 F (1.6-4.4 C). You can find bat colonies in caves, mines, isolated building structures, and train tunnels with ideal temperature and humidity. Some bats even migrate between winter and summer habitats.

You will find bats sleeping upside down in groups, around hundreds of bats per square foot. During summer, they may move out, but they come back to the same caverns every year in the cold months. However, big brown bats roost in the attics during winter. The young brown bat can eat food about the weight of a grape.

Where would you find the most bats?

Unlike the birds, in which it isn't easy to find out about their migration time, bats' migration to their winter homes is easy to trace as they live in large numbers.

Whether you find these tiny creatures weird or unique, here are the top places to find bats in real life.

Bracken cave near the Texas Hill Country is home to the largest colony of bats during the summer season. You will find thousands of bats flying around or resting.

In Austin, Texas, Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest colony of urban bats. This bridge was constructed in 1980, and the cracks on the bridge made it the roosting ground for thousands of bats. It became the perfect location to roost.

Seventeen different species of bats inhabit Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Many Mexican free-tailed bats reside in the park's caves and hunt for insects at night during the winter season.

Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo has the largest chambers of caverns where thousands of bats reside. Around twelve species of bats are found in these caverns.

Do bats live in caves? Why?

If you have stepped inside a cave, be prepared to witness a large number of bats producing a high-pitched noise.

Bats are warm-blooded animals; therefore, they require the right temperature for their survival. As they forage at night to find food to eat, they need a safe location to hide out during the day where predators won't find them. It is one of the reasons why they live in caves. A cave offers an optimal temperature that a bat needs, allowing them to be warm and comfortable without burning up too much energy.

Caverns provide the perfect humidity that bats require, and the temperature is always low and stable. Don't forget that caverns are the best places to stay away from the reach of predators. Bats are found hanging upside down on the ceiling of the caverns where no predators can reach them. Example: Eastern red bat.

Bats live inside the caverns to avoid danger, perfect humidity, low and stable temperature, and save energy. Some species of bats also use the caves for roosting during the day, while others use them during the winter season.

Conserving Bats

Many people are unaware, but bats play an essential role in the environment. For example, some plants depend partly on bats to pollinate their flowers and control pests by eating insects.

Conserving bats is essential to the environment, so while undertaking any developmental work for conserving bats, you should keep in mind the following points:

Contact an ecological consultant or the Wildlife Control & Removal Services; if you come across a group of bats in their natural ecosystem, contact an ecological consultant or the Wildlife Control & Removal Services.

Wildlife conservation specialists should take a survey of bats every year.

Go for proper planning strategy after the survey of the urban bats.

Apply for planning permission to conserve bats.

If needed, apply for an EPS license after the license is given work under the supervision of an ecologist.

Do check out if the mitigation is appropriately implemented.

Monitor the site after the mitigation to check on the population of bats.

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<p>With a Master's degree in clinical research from Manipal University and a PG Diploma in journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sridevi has cultivated her passion for writing across various domains. She has authored a wide range of articles, blogs, travelogues, creative content, and short stories that have been published in leading magazines, newspapers, and websites. Sridevi is fluent in four languages and enjoys spending her spare time with loved ones. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, painting, and listening to music.</p>

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