Most people know that armadillos are small, armored mammals. Beyond that, few are able to identify much about these strange-looking creatures. With their weird appearance and unusual habits, it’s no wonder armadillos provoke such strong reactions from those who come into contact with them. All sorts of rumors and urban legends have sprung up around these creatures over the years, but in reality, they’re fascinating creatures with many unique attributes. Here are some interesting facts about armadillos:
Are Armadillos Bulletproof?
Since armadillos have reinforced bony plates in their bodies, they are thought to be bulletproof. This is not the case. While their armor may prevent some bullets from piercing their bodies, it is not invincible. Their protection comes from their ability to curl up into a ball with their hard shell protecting them from any entry points. This also protects them from any shrapnel created by a bullet hitting the ground near them. The best way to avoid injury is to stay out of armadillos’ way, since they are likely to run away if you approach them.
How Do Armadillos Protect Themselves?
Keep your yard free of grubs
Armadillos love grubs, and they will tear up your lawn in search of them. If you have a problem with grubs on your lawn, the best way to protect yourself from armadillos is to get rid of the grubs. You can do this by getting some lawn treatment with a pesticide that will kill the grubs, or even just by regularly mowing your lawn. Grubs are easy to get rid of, but armadillos are not. If you have a problem with armadillos in your yard, you need to take action quickly. The first step is to make sure your lawn is not too long. Armadillos don’t like to walk too much, and too long of grass can make them hesitant to come into your yard. If you mow your lawn regularly, this is not much of a problem.
Be cautious at night
Armadillos are most active at night and are much more likely to attack you if you are outside at night. If you must go out in the dark, stay on well-lit paths and avoid wandering into dark yards. Armadillos are not venomous, but they can certainly do some damage with their claws and teeth if they feel threatened. Take extra precautions if you have small children, who are more likely to get too close to an armadillo and spook it. If you have to go outside at night — for gardening, trash removal, etc. — wear shoes that you can easily run in and keep a flashlight on hand to make yourself more visible.
Don’t leave food outside
Armadillos are opportunistic eaters, and they will eat almost anything they can get their claws on. This includes things like pet food and bird seed, which you should not have out in the open in the first place. Armadillos are also known to dig in people’s gardens to get to tasty roots, fruits, and vegetables. If you have things that you want to protect in your garden, make sure to keep them covered or put them high enough above ground that armadillos can’t get to them.
Use fences and nets to protect your garden and yard
One of the best ways to protect your garden and yard from armadillos is with a fence. Armadillos can dig under a fence, so if you have a regular fence you want to protect from armadillos, you should build a fence that goes above ground. Armadillos can’t climb a fence if you put it above the ground! If you want to protect your garden but don’t want to build an above-ground fence, you can use a net. Armadillos usually don’t climb, so you can hang a net between two tall poles over your garden and keep them out. If you have a large garden, you can even use multiple nets.
Don’t trap them – they’ll just come back angrier and hungrier
When all else fails, you can try to trap an armadillo in your yard or garden. There are lots of different traps that you can use, but be cautious. Armadillos are not like most creatures; they are extremely intelligent, and you can’t just set a trap and expect it to work. Armadillos will recognize and avoid traps if they have seen them before. You have to change up the trap each time you try to catch an armadillo. Finally, there are a few things you should know about armadillos. First, there are several different species of armadillos, so your experience with one may not apply to another. Second, armadillos are generally more active in the hot parts of the day, so be extra cautious in the afternoon. Finally, armadillos are definitely here to stay. They have no natural predators in the United States, and they are surprisingly good at adapting to new environments. You can protect yourself from armadillos, but don’t expect their population to decrease any time soon!
Where Do Armadillos Live?
- Armadillos can be found in every state in the United States except Hawaii. They mostly inhabit the southern states, but they have been found as far north as Virginia and Iowa.
- Some species are found in Central and South America, and one species, the nine-banded armadillo, can be found throughout almost the entirety of South America.
- Armadillos are found in a variety of habitats, from deserts to rainforests, but they are most commonly found in temperate savannas and temperate forests.
- Armadillos have many predators, including hawks, owls, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and many types of snakes.
- Humans are the biggest threat to armadillos, leading to their extinction or extirpation in many areas where they are found. Habitat loss and roadkill are also major threats to armadillo populations.
What Do Armadillos Eat?
- Armadillos eat a lot of insects, including beetles, crickets, ants, and worms. They also occasionally eat small fish, frogs, reptiles, and rodents.
- They will also eat plants like grass, corn, and berries when they can’t find enough insects to eat.
How To Reproduction In Armadillos?
- Armadillos are solitary animals that only come together to mate, and male and female armadillos have very little to no communication, leading to a low rate of reproduction.
- The mating season for armadillos is February to March, and a female armadillo gives birth to one litter of about four to eight pups each year, with one litter per year being more common.
- Once the pups are born, the female keeps them in a burrow for about one month, after which they follow her around and begin to forage on their own. Pups will remain with their mother for about six months.
What Interesting Facts About Armadillo Behaviour?
- Although they are often referred to as “armadillos,” there are actually only two species of true armadillos: the nine-banded armadillo and the southern three-banded armadillo.
- All other types of armadillos are related and are considered to be “false armadillos.”
- Armadillos are primarily nocturnal, but they do sometimes come out during the day. – Armadillos are excellent swimmers, and they are capable of digging very large holes given their size.
- Armadillos are capable of holding their breath for up to six minutes.
- Armadillo eggs can be used in certain types of folk medicine to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to epilepsy.
Armadillos are fascinating creatures with many interesting and unusual traits. Despite their weird appearance and tough exterior, armadillos are mostly herbivores. They are solitary creatures that only come together to mate, and they have very little to no communication. While armadillos are the subject of many urban legends, they are actually gentle creatures that pose virtually no threat to humans. They are often killed by humans because they dig up lawns and pose a danger to cars. Armadillos are an interesting species that can teach us a lot about how evolution works and how species can develop in isolation due to geographical barriers like mountains or bodies of water.