The Nine-Banded Armadillo

Another animal spotted by my dog, he wasn’t barking, he was just looking to the right with a bewildered stare.  There was a small family in the neighbors yard, a mother and two juvenile Armadillo.  It was a cooler summer night before dusk, they are usually only active at night.

I was far away, this is the only photo I was able to capture, since they were on the move and a cat came to investigate, which disturbed them.

I looked up information on the Florida nine-banded Armadillo on Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

Interesting facts!  They are mammals, with an exoskeleton 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.

Armadillos can carry diseases such as St. Louis encephalitis, leptospires, arboviruses, and leprosy. The Florida Department of Health is an excellent resource for learning more about these diseases.