Armadillos Again

My son spotted these little nine-banded armadillos in our back yard last night so we walked out and took some pictures.  Armadillos don’t spook all that easily — maybe because they have their face buried in the dirt half the time (notice the dirty snout) — so we walked up pretty close and they worked their way toward us.  I squatted down to take pictures and after a few seconds one of them stopped rooting in the dirt and walked right over to me like a dog who wanted to be scratched — stopped about a foot and a half from me.  I had a “hey this is cool” thought but immediately switched to “I don’t want some wild animal messing with my kids”.  I decided to pick it up by the shell like my older son used to do but as soon as I moved he bounded off (Armadillos do a kind of bounding hop when they want to move fast).

On our land there’s plenty of wild landscape for armadillos to root around in but many people find these to be quite a nuisance.  They’re not quite as destructive as a wild hog but armadillos can destroy landscape beds in a hurry.  Sometimes an armadillo takes a liking to particular flower beds and revisits them night after night until the homeowner has had enough and…well, never mind 🙂

4 responses

  1. Yeah, these little guys never seem bothered by much. I guess it helps having armor you can crawl into. Great captures and detail.

    July 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  2. Carrie Z

    The little buggers are pests and so destructive but somehow I still think they’re cute…!

    July 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

  3. True enough. There were four little ones next to my driveway when I got home from work today. They are kind of cute.

    Also — I kid you not — two of them looked up and cautiously walked to me when I whistled like I was calling a dog. One came right up to my feet and just as I was going to grab him they all spooked and ran off.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

  4. Cool.

    July 15, 2012 at 5:23 am

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