Happy Dillo Day

I was taking my morning walk through the wooded area in my backyard and came across this young armadillo searching for grubs.

The armadillo did not have any issues posing for photos. Armadillos are nocturnal, but I have seen youngsters out in the daytime before. They can weigh up to 14 pounds and are 15 to 23 inches long, about the size of a small dog with very short legs.

Before long two siblings appeared. I believe their burrow is under a shrub in my front yard. I read that the mothers always have four babies, but the two times I’ve seen juveniles there have only been three.

After searching my yard, it was time to check the bug situation in the neighbor’s yard.


24 Comments on “Happy Dillo Day”

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Woah! Are they aggressive at all?

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Such prehistoric-looking animals! What fun to host a whole family of them. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    So cute.

  4. Cathy says:

    Oh, how lovely! Are they peaceful creatures? And do they eat garden pests?

    • They eat grubs, but have to dig them up with their snouts, which is bad if they are doing it in the flower beds. They will defend themselves, if they feel they are in danger. Armadillos can spread leprosy if a person is touching them.

  5. I get a kick out of the armadilloes, until they start digging really big holes! The greyhounds usually run them off but never catch them.

  6. Tina says:

    They’re so weird and so cute. Nice little critter to see on your walk!

  7. Armadillos seem to be moving northward because I’ve heard reports of them here in North Carolina. Interesting-looking creatures.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    OH MY! What the heck?! I would move FAR AWAY!

  9. Ann Coleman says:

    They’re so cute! This reminds me of Rick Bragg’s essay on armadillos….he feels sorry for them because it seems their chief talent is getting run over on the roads.

  10. shoreacres says:

    It’s true that they have four babies.That’s one reason they’re used in labs — they’re genetically identical. Their prehistoric precursor, the Glyptodon, looked like our armadillos, but they were the size of a VW beetle. It’s thought that people used the shells for shelter.

  11. janesmudgeegarden says:

    It seems incredibly exotic to me, to see a creature like that in one’s garden. I think they are very cute.


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