Where In  TheDo They Live?

Bats can be found in almost every part of the world except where it is very, very hot or in the really cold areas and on some remote islands.  They live on all continents except Antarctica.   You can find more species of bats (different kinds) where the weather is nice and warm.  Those warm spots are near the equator and are called the "tropics" and "rain forests."

On islands that are far from continents, there are only a few species of bats.  That's because it's too far for most bats to fly this great distance to reach those islands.

In the United States, the greatest number of bat species live in the southwestern part of the country.  This area has a variety of places where bats can live and there is a lot of food available during most of the year .  For example, Texas has 32 different kinds of bats while Maine has only 8; and Arizona has 28 species, but Michigan has just 10.

Do you know how many different kinds of bats live in your part of the world?   Do you know what they are? Check with your library to find the answers to these questions.

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