I don’t know what I expected but this little thing was certainly not it. I noticed Ellen shooting so I caught up to her.
He was scurrying around on a trail between two marshes completely unaware of anything around him…except maybe a worm or insect.
This is a Nine Banded Armadillo. Originally a South American resident they have moved up here and now are common, even if you don’t see them. Warm and wet is what they need, and that’s exactly what we have.
Nine-banded armadillos generally weigh from 5.5 – 14.5 lbs ( 2.5–6.5 kg). They cannot see very well and get so engrossed in digging you can walk right up to one.
When frightened….they squeal and jump high. I have seen that one up close and personal. It will definitely get you attention.
Now a real interesting factoid! An Armadillo can cross a river by (wait for it) …. holding their breath up to 6 minutes and walk across the bottom.
They live in burrows and can dig a deep hole in seconds. Since a Nine Banded can’t roll themselves into a ball this is how they escape predators.
Nearby was an adult, and since this one was so small (baby bunny size) I assume that was the mother. The adult never noticed me either. A burrow was probably nearby.