THE ANIMALS WE HAVE RESCUED ARE SHOWN BELOW
THE BABY ARMADILLO WAS ONE OF OUR RESCUES...
This baby armadillo was brought into NWWR on 4/14. It's only 2-3 days old.
The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), named for the nine breaks in the leathery armor that allow it to flex its stiff hide, is an odd-looking mammal about the size of a cat. A mature armadillo is 15 to 17 inches long (not counting the tail) with a weight of 8 to 17 pounds.
This native mammal of southwestern North America has expanded its range into Florida. Introductions of armadillos also occurred along the east coast of Florida as early as the 1920s and in southern Alabama in the 1960s. Armadillos are now common throughout most of the state and are considered to be naturalized. Armadillos prefer forested or semi-open habitats with loose textured soil that allows them to dig easily. They eat many insects, other invertebrates, and plants. They are most active at night, and have very poor eyesight.
Did you know that all armadillo litters have 4 pups? 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.
Armadillos dig burrows for their homes or to escape predators, and a single armadillo can have several different burrows with multiple entrances.
Armadillos are fascinating in other respects. When they need to cross narrow water bodies, they often walk on the bottom underwater. If it is a wide body of water, they will inflate their stomach to twice its normal size, allowing for enough buoyancy to swim across. When startled, armadillos often leap high into the air, and then run quickly to a nearby burrow.