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)