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armadillo4 locationsMammal
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Apr 1 2010
Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands
.: gummo :.
Apr 1 2010
Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands
TypeMammal
FamilyDasypodidae - Armadillos
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Dasypus sp

Armadillos are New World placental mammals with a leathery armor shell. They are various species but the 9-Banded Armadillo is the most common in the US. They eat ants, termites, grubs, and worms and are often seen in the grass digging for their food. They can carry leporsy in their snout. Supposedly, their meat tastes like pork and used as food during the Depression.

(Data in this paragraph may change with new information): Armadillos once were found in the southern part of the US from TX to FL and up to SC. They were wiped out of the US, either through predation or by man. When man reduced the number of predators in the southern US (ocelots, black bears, pumas, red wolves, coyotes, alligators), armadillos started to increase their range and move back into the US and expanded their range up to KS and southern IL. Now that some of the predators are making a comeback, they are preying upon armadillos, though their predators may find it easier to eat dead armadillos that were struck by cars instead of hunting them. Most armadillo deaths are caused by automobiles. Fortunately, armadillos have a healthy population in the US and are in no danger of extinction.

Armadillos are active both day and night and are a common sight in central and southern Florida along the highways and in the suburbs. They like to be in open fields and around loose soil. When threatened, they curl up in a ball using the leathery shell to protect them. Their young are all identical by birth (so I heard). They are good to have around your home to help control fire ants and termites. They have an excellent sense of smell but poor eyesight.
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