Little Armored Ones

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A critter we often encounter along our hikes is the Armadillo. While there are 20 species of Armadillos, it’s the Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) that we see in Florida (it’s also common in many of the South-Central states). I love seeing these “little armored ones” along our hikes, as they burrow for grub and noisily stumble across our path….

Armadillos are native to the New World. They’re solitary mammals with a leathery armor shell and very sharp claws, with which they dig their burrows and scrounge for food, including insects, grubs, and other invertebrates. Oftentimes, when we see lots of little holes in an area, we know an Armadillo is nearby, and will listen for rustling in the vegetation. The have very poor eyesight, and use their exceptional sense of smell to hunt. When I say poor eyesight, I mean it…. These little guys have nearly trundled across our boots…

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About narhvalur

Environmentalist, Animal Lover, Birder,Equastrian
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2 Responses to Little Armored Ones

  1. rumpydog says:

    Way cool! I didn’t know they carried leprosy though.

  2. narhvalur says:

    Fantastic post indeed with fantastic info…

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