DO THEY HAVE?
Many bats find trees to be the perfect place to roost and spend time taking care of their babies. Some bats actually live under big leaves and by using camouflage they can hide from harm and danger. There are other bats that roost under the bark of trees, while still others just hang from the branches
the place where most people think bats live is in caves. And a lot
of bats do find these big underground caverns a perfect place in which
to raise their babies and to sleep during the day. Bracken Cave in
Texas has close to 20 million Mexican Free Tail bats living there.
At times bats may use houses or buildings as a roosting site. Even though these places are not as good as their natural habitats, these man-made structures do offer them protection and are much like their preferred roosts.
Wherever there is a bridge, there might also be bats living under it. Even the noise of a busy road overhead doesn't seem to scare them. As the sun sets, they begin their night flight out to look for food. It's a beautiful sight to see.
bats may find old mines that are no longer being used and set up their colony
there. People often like to explore these mines and when they do, they
disturb the bats. Putting a heavy grate at the mine opening protects the
bats. Not all mines are good for bats. They
must be like the caves in which bats also live.
There is another type of home in which bats will live,
but often other animals or insects will get in it first before the bats
can . These are bat houses that many people build hoping bats will
move in. There are books in the library on how to build a bat house
and where to put it, or click here to
reach the web site of Bat Conservation International which can also help
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