Yes, they jump. I learned quite a few things about them. All after I followed a few into the woods. Not the first time I have gotten things backwards.
First, Armadillos are reported to be not very bright. I agree. Why would a strange critter like this allow a big human to photograph them in the woods.
Second, poor eyesight. Again we agree. he looked right at me several times. Never seemed to bother him.
Third, and most important. When startled they jump straight up in the air. I myself would say they ‘shoot straight up’.
Now you see why learning this before could have been useful. I’m born and raised NYC, so when I have this…….
..jumps up like it’s shot out of a canon, in my view finder, I can be excused for my reaction. No details but my wife loved it.
One last note. Armadillos can run fast and growl loud. But so can photographers.