Central Florida’s humid subtropical climate provides excellent winter habitat for northern yellow bats. Average temperatures range from the mid 60s°F (16-19°C) in North Florida to the low 70s°F (21-24°C) in South Florida during winter. Cold fronts occasionally dip temperatures into the 40s°F (4-9°C).
The combination of mild weather and high rainfall allows dense vegetation like cypress swamps, oak hammocks, and palm forests to thrive. These wooded areas provide productive insect populations for the bats to feed on using echolocation among the trees and shrubs.
Day roosts are also abundant, with Spanish moss drapes, palm fronds, and leaves providing concealed shelters. The northern yellow bat’s small size allows it to wedge deep into vegetation, evading larger predators. Central Florida offers ideal winter habitat due to the warm climate, abundant insects, and daytime roosting options.