Welcome to The Armadillo

What am I?

We are western mammals known for our unique armor-like shell and notorious for our digging habits. One us in particular - the nine-banded armadillo - has made its way into the southern United States, and is the focus of this page.  

  • Only U.S. Species: we are the Nine-banded  armadillo(Dasypus novemcinctus)
  • Our average Size: 25-48" long (including the tail); 8-18 lbs.Average 
  • our lifespan in the Wild: 7-10 years 
  • Our identifying Features: greyish-brown oval-shaped body with a long, tapering tail; long head with a pointy snout and small black eyes on either side; hard, armor-like shell (carapace) with 7-11 distinct band-shaped breaks around the center; we have four short legs with long claws designed for digging. 
  • We are mainly insectivores, with over 90% of our diet consisting of animal matter, like insects and other invertebrates. We are also known to eat the occasional reptile or amphibian - especially in colder weather. The remainder of our diet consists of plant matter, although it's been found that most of the vegetation we eat has been consumed incidentally. 

Where do we like to live?

  • We prefer warm, moist climates, and thrive in forested areas and grasslands. Because we must dig for our food and shelter, we generally gravitate towards areas with loose, porous soil. Like your gardens or under your foundation. 
  • We use their strong claws to dig several burrows throughout our home range in which to live and seek refuge from extreme weather or predators. Our burrow is about 7-8" wide and up to 15 feet deep. 


Can we live in your yard? Please!

 Signs of armadillo damage include:

holes throughout lawn, about 3-5" wide and 1-3" deep

uprooted plants and seedlings

burrow entrances, about 7-10" in diameter, next to or underneath structures, sidewalks, brush piles, low-lying shrubs, etc.

damaged underground wires or pipes

cracked foundation or concrete sidewalk/driveway

armadillo tracks: four toes in front with elongated center two toes; five toes in back with elongated center three toes; all claws visible.

We have the ability to carry the bacterium that causes leprosy in humans (Mycobacterium leprae). However, the risk of contracting leprosy from an us is extremely low. 

But to be safe I guess you can call a Topper's Wildlife Removal specialist so they can find me a new home.  Topper's Wildlife Removal offers dead animal removal in Dallas and dead animal removal in Fort Worth as well as Armadillo trapping in Dallas/Ft Worth area.    



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