Armadillos

A common desert animal, the armadillo is known for having a leathery armor shell and can curl up into a hard ball when frightened or in danger.

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Can armadillos roll?

Yes but only one species can the 3-banded armadillo which is only found in south america. The Nine banded armadillo is the one you see in the U.S and can not roll up in a ball

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What is the taxonomy of an armadillo?

Domain-eukaryotic

Kingdom-Animilia

Phylum-chordata

Class-mammalia

Order-Cingulata

Family-Dasypodidae

Genus-dasypus

Species-Novemcinctus

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Are armadillos fast?

Armadillos are usually faster than humans; especially fat ones like me. Unfortunately, they have such poor eyesight that they tend to run into obstacles once they have built up a head of steam.

In 1989, around 11:30 at night, I pulled my '82 LeBaron "Ol' Yeller" over on a bridge and proceeded to try and catch an armadillo using a puffy coat...(it can be cold in the fall, even in East Texas.) The armadillo was just casually walking...minding its own business...until it saw me in the street light...freaked out...and ran away at a rate of say 10 to 15 miles per hour...(top speed is "supposedly" 30 mph according to a decent internet site I found on armadillos...and "yes", thirty miles per hour would be incredibly fast in my world!)

Once the armadillo took off...it immediately ran into oncoming traffic, where a small Jap truck ran over it ("yes"...the wheel of the truck bounced on and over the bugger). The animal then did a back flip or something and started to run in huge ten foot circles like a maniac.

It was now easy pickins' for me.

I stepped in front of it and scooped him into my jacket. Its shell was pink with scuffed bloody marks...but it had done its job...the armadillo would survive despite being run over by a mini-truck.

I was not so lucky.

Within three months, I had lost four fingers and seven of my toes due to armadillo transmitted leprosy. (Of course, that is an urban legend...and also a lie.)

What really happened is...

I brought the animal home to my servant who lives in the shack behind my plantation home. She killed it, gutted it, carved it up and sold it as pufferfish steaks to a local Brookshire's grocery-store deli located out near Lake O' the Pines. (They recently hired some hot shot Vietnamese butcher/sushi expert who thinks he knows everything about raw fish, including the notorious puffer.)

Boy, did my old working-girl fool him with our newly processed armadillo meat.

Anyway, I took my 85% cut of the profits...in addition to promising my old servant woman not to get rid of her/our/my learning disabled grandson who lives with her. (He does this really kooky dancin' thing when he walks, so I kinda enjoy having him around.......though I just wish he would stay out of the pig sty. (Some of that stuff he does in there just ain't natural.)

Anyway back to the question. Armadillos can take off really fast... reach 10-15 miles per hour very quickly and supposedly can max out around 30 miles per hour, thereby causing them to sometimes run into crap and knocking themselves plum silly.

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Is it safe to handle armadillos?

Yes, they are safe to handle but be careful of the claws. An angry armadillo can inflict some nasty wounds. The teeth are all peg-like and cause no damage to humans.

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How do you handle a armadillo?

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What countries eat armadillo?

In many areas of Central and South America, armadillo meat is often used as part of an average diet. I have heard that some peoples of South America keep small varieties of armadillos as edible housepets. During the Depression, armadillos were often eaten by hungry people. They were called "Hoover hogs" by people angry with then-President Herbert Hoover's broken promise of a chicken in every pot. The meat is said to taste like fine-grained, high-quality pork.

But do NOT try eating it nowadays. They are pretty much all carriers of worms, and all too often, leprosy.

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What diseases and bacteria do armadillos carry?

Armadillos can carry leprosy as well as Chagus disease. They are not believed to be a significant carrier of the rabies virus, however.

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Does an armadillo eat deer?

Unless the deer is dead and badly mangled with flesh exposed, an armadillo would not eat it. They primarily eat insects, earthworms, grubs, bird eggs, tubers, etc. They will also eat some carrion if they run across it.

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How do armadillos live?

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What is an armadillo?

A animal

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Do armadillos carry disease?

Yes, armadillos can carry Hansen's Disease, otherwise known as leprosy, and can transmit it to humans. The armadillo is also a natural reservoir for Chagas disease.

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When did armadillos get endangered?

The giant armadillo was classified as vulnerable on the World Conservation Union's Red List in 2002, and is listed under Appendix I (threatened with extinction) of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. No other species of armadillo are currently listed as endangered. The pink fairy armadillo may be endangered also but its status is currently uncertain.

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How long have armadillos been endangered?

The only species of armadillo that is vulnerable to extinction is the giant armadillo from South America.

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What is a group of armadillos called?

A pack of Armadillos. ARMADILLOS ROCK! A pack of Armadillos. ARMADILLOS ROCK! I have to agree with the "armadillos rock" but armadillos have no "group name" they're just called "a bunch" or a "pack" ARMADILLOS ARE THE BEST YOUR RIGHT I LOVE ARMADILLOS. And armadillos live in packs.

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Do armadillos face threat of extinction?

The only species of armadillo that is vulnerable to extinction is the giant armadillo of South America. The pink fairy armadillo may also be vulnerable but its status is currently uncertain.

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What are the adaptations of the armadillo?

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Lobster

What body part does the Lobster use for protection?

Its very hard Shell and it's Claws.

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What does an armadillo do when threatened?

First off, they will attempt to outrun the threat and escape to their burrow. If captured, they can roll partially into a ball (depending on species) to protect their soft underside. The can also use their large and sharp claws to fight and protect themselves.

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Are armadillos mammals?

Yes, armadillos are mammals

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Does an armadillo have a predator?

Such predators as bobcats, cougars, wolves, bears, raccoons and even some of the larger hawks and other birds of prey will attack and devour an armadillo.

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Where do armadillos live?

Armadillos are native to the Americas, particularly Central and South America. There are around twenty different species of Armadillo, and they range from Paraguay, where they are concentrated most heavily, up to southern and western USA. Because there are few natural predators of this armored creature, their population in the US is gradually spreading further north, even as far as Indiana and Illinois.

Armadillos dig burrows in the ground, preferably in soft, moist soil near creeks and streams. These burrows are commonly surrounded by overgrown brush or "thicket".

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What state's official mammal is the armadillo?

Texas

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How much does an armadillo cost?

Well it depends on who your are selling it to. Some folks will pay up to $20 for a nice healthy dilla. But most will only give about $12 or $13 for a decent sized one. A live baby dilla will fetch about $30 because they are the perfect wild animal to make a pet.

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How long does the pink fairy armadillo live?

The life span of the pink fairy armadillo is really not known. The animals are quite secretive and spend most of their lives underground. Those few that have been captured for study rarely live longer than a few hours in captivity.

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Georgia (US State)

Are there armadillos in Georgia?

Yes

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