World map of urban areas. The brightest areas are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated.

Urban

Urban habitats are areas dominated by human activities and human constructions. These include towns, cities and associated landscapes, such as landfill sites. It can almost be described as a patchwork of other habitats where buildings are artifical cliffs, sewers and drains are waterways, and parks, gardens and brownfield sites provide forests and meadows. Animals which have adapted to the urban environment are tolerant of the light and noise generated by human activity, and take advantage of the heat and the abundant food sources.

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What lives here?

Mammals

Birds

Reptiles

Amphibians

Ray-finned fishes

Insects

Arachnids

Snails and slugs

Where you find Urban

Map showing the location of the Urban habitat

Habitats

Other Terrestrial habitats

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