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What's THIS in the Yard?  Helllloo, Armadillo!!   by SummerJade

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Many interesting things may show up in a Florida yard and this is one of them. It’s an armadillo. It has a lot of hair on the legs, some on the face and hair stands up on its back too. Look at the claws on those feet!
Here’s the wonder of it: It’s a MAMMAL, not a REPTILE!
Who’d a’ guessed??? ☺

Location: east coast (space coast) Florida (USA).
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm.
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The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), named for the nine breaks in the creature’s leathery armor that allow it to flex its stiff hide, is an odd-looking mammal about the size of a cat. Armadillos are not native to Florida, but are now common over most of the state. Armadillos like forested or semi-open habitats with loose textured soil that allows them to dig easily. They eat many insects, or other invertebrates, and some plants. They most often feed at night, and have very poor eyesight.

Armadillos dig burrows for homes or to escape predators, and a single armadillo can have several different burrows with multiple entrances. A mature armadillo is 15 to 17 inches long (not counting the tail) with a weight of eight to 17 pounds. Pregnant females always give birth to identical quadruplets. She produces one egg that splits into four identical offspring that are either all female or all male. This trait differs from most other mammals.
(Information from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website)

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  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 4 years ago

    he is very cute!

  • Well, I’m not sure ‘cute’ is the word for him, but it’s very kind of you to say so! lol Thanks so much for your comment! ♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Oh, Trish, thanks!! lol Never expected this! There was NO WAY to make this shot beautiful, but there is a lot of detail here and it was interesting to get a close look at this critter. ☺

    – SummerJade

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    I remember these from our Texas days! don’t miss them though!
    ;o))) take care, Linda

  • This was my first encounter, and I was lucky to get this close-up shot because he moves pretty fast! Thanks for commenting! ☺♥

    – SummerJade

  • floridaartist66
    floridaartist66almost 4 years ago
    Alot of people dont know it,but an armadillo is good eating!!!try it some time.
  • I’m not surprised that it can be eaten, but I’m not tempted! I just read that TN may allow the sandhills to be shot and eaten there. Here in FL they are more like pets! The way cute bunnies hop through the yards, I doubt if anyone eats them either! lol Thanks for commenting. ♥ I don’t think anyone will ever buy THIS! ☺☺☺

    – SummerJade

  • Jocelyn  Parry-Jones
    Jocelyn Parry...almost 4 years ago

    I cant believe how cool that is!!! :)

  • Thanks very much for your comment! ☺♥

    – SummerJade

  • Detlef Becher
    Detlef Becheralmost 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t want to be scratched by those claws ☺☺☺
    I think it is a kinda cute animal and I can’t imaging someone would eat it! Great capture Jade!

  • I had “prettier” shots of it on the grass, but the claws were so unexpected to me that I wanted to show them off. That meant using this sand and mulch shot. He did run away and has not returned. ☺ I was surprised he could run!

    – SummerJade

  • Thanks for your comment! ☺♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • bugboobunz
    bugboobunzalmost 4 years ago

    Strange little guys, huh? I lived in Orange Beach, AL, on Armadillo Avenue, and only a few months there will tell you why- they are EVERYWHERE!!

  • LOL It must be that ‘identical quadruplets’ factor. ☺☺☺ Mine has not returned.

    – SummerJade

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice capture…such a neat find Jade

  • Thanks! I was lucky to “capture” it before it ran away. ☺

    – SummerJade

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    Great capture. I’ve never seen on alive. Unfortunately, I’ve seen many in middle of streets, hit by cars.

  • Well, this was a first for me! I knew what it was, but ran for the camera and didn’t really see the details till I looked at my photos. It is as close as I can come to a dragon photo!! lol I think it may be a cousin.

    – SummerJade

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    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

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  • Wow, this is great!! Thank you so very much for this feature!! ☺♥♥

    – SummerJade

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