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Old Sep 26, 2010, 2:51 PM   #1
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Since I haven't been able to get out to take photos lately, I've been going through some of my older photos. here's a couple I don't think I've shared with you. Armadillos are rather slow clumsy creatures. I understand they have very poor eyesight. I followed this guy around for several minuets while trying to get a decent shot of him. He thought he was hidden here by this tree until my flash went off. then he ran (waddled) off across the field and down into a culvert, out the other end and into some heavy brush.



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Old Sep 26, 2010, 4:21 PM   #2
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I understand they have very poor eyesight.
Yes, but very keen noses. If you approach from downwind, they will practically walk into you. The field guide mentions that they will leap vertically into the air when startled. I've seen this in the above scenario, but they failed to mention their surprised squeal and the 180 they make in midair before scuttling off in the opposite direction!
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Very cool pics GW. I think of Texas as armadillo country. I didn't know they're found in Florida.
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GW , you remind me of a time long ago when I had become aquainted with a fellow from Louisiana. I lived in Indiana at the time. I had ask him how his day had gone and he said that he had been rolling oposums. I asked him what he meant and he said he had accidently ranover a oposum. I asked him how that had anything to do with rolling them and he explained that in Louisiana often thime the Armadillos would roll into a ball just as you hit them and they bounced off the tire and rolled across or down the road ! Thus "rolling" armadillos ! So equated squishing a oposum with rolling an armadillo...................now let me ask you this............is it true that sometimes armadillos will roll when you hit them with your car?.............
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I sometimes forget that we do live far away, never saw one of those in the free.
Great pictures and story GW.
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Very cool pics GW. I think of Texas as armadillo country. I didn't know they're found in Florida.
Armadillos West of the Mississippi River spread naturally from Mexico. Supposedly they can cross streams by inflating their intestines with air, but the Mississippi River is a pretty formidable barrier. Legend has it that some escaped from a Ringling Brothers Circus train wreck in Florida sometime before WWII, and from there spread throughout the Southeast (but that may not have been the only source).
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GW , you remind me of a time long ago when I had become aquainted with a fellow from Louisiana. I lived in Indiana at the time. I had ask him how his day had gone and he said that he had been rolling oposums. I asked him what he meant and he said he had accidently ranover a oposum. I asked him how that had anything to do with rolling them and he explained that in Louisiana often thime the Armadillos would roll into a ball just as you hit them and they bounced off the tire and rolled across or down the road ! Thus "rolling" armadillos ! So equated squishing a oposum with rolling an armadillo...................now let me ask you this............is it true that sometimes armadillos will roll when you hit them with your car?.............

To tell you the truth, This is the first time I've heard of that. Could be true but, I've never witnessed it.
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Thank you Pen, for the added info. I always appreciate your input.

Thanks guys for all the comments. I appreciate them also.
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Gee, you mean that armadillos actually move? I can't think of when I ever saw one moving - saw a great many dead in the middle of the road during my 5 years living in Texas.
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Definitely more exotic than a muskrat!
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