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Armadillo Removal, Control and Trapping Services Sarasota Bradenton

Armadillo

Food And Feeding Habitats

Armadillo's thrive in warm climates with soft soil, such as Texas and Florida. They dig for all of their food, which consists primarily of grubs and earthworms, Beetles. Because like many burrowing animals, armadillos tend to have extremely poor eyesight, their hunting skills rely on their abilities to smell their food. Fortunately, these animals have exceptionally keen noses. Armadillo can sniff out insects six inches underground. When digging for them it will make a 3 to 4-inch cone shaped hole (The hole will look like you dug your knuckle into the dirt turning it back and forth). 

Den Sites

Armadillo's natural tendency is to dig. They have powerful legs equipped with strong claws, and like most burrowing animals, can dig amazingly quickly, often throwing mounds of dirt out behind them as they plow the earth. They dig for two primary reasons: first, they make burrows underground in which to live and raise young. They also often dig several shallow 2-4 feet deep holes in their range in which to escape should danger arise. The second reason for digging is food.

Viewing Armadillos

Armadillos are nocturnal, spending the day in their burrows and night out forging for food. A single armadillo may have up to 15 burrows, each 8 meters in diameter and 3 to 25 feet long. Some burrows have several entrances for emergency access, but there is always the main entrance that will be used a majority of the time. 

Reproducing 

Armadillos usually are born in sets of four, all consisting of the same sex. Each armadillo is born identical to its Brother/Sisters. Armadillos "Armor" consists of a shield over the shoulders, a second shield over the rear, and nine bands in the middle. The armadillo's shell cannot grow, so it is soft and leathery when the armadillo is born. It will harden once the armadillo reaches full adult size of 8 to 15 pounds.

Health Risk

Is it bad to touch an armadillo? Yes. It carries Mycobacterium leprae that causes Hansen's disease. Better known as leprosy, this awful disease claims about 100 new cases each year in the U.S.


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