What Is a Bat's Habitat?

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Bats live in regions across six continents on the globe in forests, deserts, urban settings, caves and even bat houses constructed by people. Due to their ability to adapt, there is essentially no limit to where a bat may live.

There are more than 1,300 species of bats that live in diverse climates and ecosystems around the world. They inhabit small spaces like crevices in rocks or trees, and can also be seen in open areas near fresh and coastal water. Additionally, bats live at a range of altitudes, including the Peruvian Andes mountains as well as at sea level like on many of the islands in Southeast Asia. Although bats' habitats are expansive, they are not found in the North Pole or South Pole.