Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

I’ve seen more of these critters in the last month than I have in the last few years. It’s the season of the Armadillo, they are taking over.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

It looks like this one has had the back shell scraped and bruised. It’s a hard bone like shell, he might not even know it.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Many times they are not even aware of my presence. Here he knew I was there and slowly moved off, the whole time digging in the dirt.

6 thoughts on “Nine-banded Armadillo”

  1. I have walked right up on those things without them even noticing me. I think they are about blind. I think that their only natural predator is the automobile.

    1. Almost blind and bad hearing. How the survive escapes me. And yes, the car. I had not considered the wound on this one. Might have been a car. Armadillo jump when startled, especially when a car passes over them. Might explain it.

      BTW, if you walk up on one again, a squealing jumping Armadillo will have you doing same… my wife finds it humorous.

    2. One of the state parks that I frequent in central Texas has a large population of armadillos. They hang out on the hiking trails near the river and I seldom go a hike without seeing a few. I understand that they are slowly spreading North and East to the point where they can not tolerate the winter. Odd looking things.

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