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few teeth to begin with just several peg like molars. Since they primarily eat insects, they don have to do a lot of heavy chewing.

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Armadillos are used in leprosy research because their body temperatures are low enough for them to contract the most virulent form of the disease. So far, only those in Texas not Florida have been found to have the disease. This reproductive tactic is one reason why they good at colonizing new areas such as the United States.

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According to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, it is illegal to own an armadillo in the state of Maine. Hawaii has strict regulations against the import of any foreign animal, including armadillos. The state of Montana classifies them as livestock, and regulates their import accordingly.

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They don have much body fat and they don hibernate, Fantz says. However, Fantz says she wouldn know. She says she dissected a few and has no desire to find out what they taste like.

They odd little creatures, akin to sloths and anteaters. Possum on the half shell, some Missourians like to call them. The nine banded armadillo has actually been living in the Show Me State longer than you might think. Debbie Fantz is a resource scientist with the Department of Conservation. She says they started arriving in Southwest Missouri in the late and early One reason they are being spotted farther north this year could be becausetheir numbers in Missouri depends on how harsh the winters are. They didn battle an especially brutal this winter this year, so their numbers are likely up for the season.

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Death by suicide. One reason they so vulnerable on the highway is because when they startle, they jump. When the armadillo gets scared, it jumps 3 or 4 feet straight up. This reflex jump surprises the predator, so the armadillo can sprint away. Don't straddle it with your tires or you'll still hit it with your undercarriage.

Closely related to anteaters and sloths, armadillos generally have a pointy or shovel shaped snout and small eyes. They vary widely in size and color, from the 6 inch long, salmon colored pink fairy armadillo to the 5 foot long, dark brown giant armadillos.

Armadillos can be a nuicance as they dig in people gardens for bugs to eat. Fantz says if that a problem, you can call your local Conservation agent, who will come out and help you get rid of the little armored one.

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Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi deserts. Because of their low metabolic rate and lack of fat stores, cold is their enemy, and spates of intemperate weather can wipe out whole populations.

claws are used for digging, and long, sticky tongues for extracting ants and termites from their tunnels. In addition to bugs, armadillos eat small vertebrates, plants, and some fruit, as well as the occasional carrion meal.

Armadillos have been creeping North in Missouri and their only predators are cars. However, the Department of Conservation says they not a threat, and their numbers aren expected to get out of control.

Population numbers of nearly all species are threatened by habitat loss and over hunting. Many cultures in the Americas consume armadillo flesh, which is said to resemble pork in its flavor and texture. Currently, only the nine band population is expanding, and some species, including the pink fairy, are threatened.

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Armadillos always give birth to four identical young the Air Max Safari Pack only mammal known to do so. All four young develop from the same egg and they even share the same placenta.

She says they have no problem crossing waterways to get where they want to go. They can either swim across the surface doggie paddle style or hold their breath and walk across the bottom. The familiar nine banded armadillo is the only species that includes the United States in its range.

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Baby armadillos have soft shells, like human fingernails. They get harder as the animal grows, depositing bone under the skin to make a solid shell.

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morning and evening for beetles, ants, termites, and other insects. They have very poor eyesight, and utilize their keen sense of smell to hunt. Strong legs and huge front Air Max Uptempo Lakers

Contrary to popular belief, not all armadillos are able to encase themselves in their shells. In fact, only the three banded armadillo can, curling its head and back feet and contorting its shell into a hard ball that confounds would be predators. The other types are covered with too many bony plates to allow them to curl up. Other armadillos have to rely on their armored shells for defense while they scuttle away through thick, thorny brush or dig themselves a hole to hide in.

Most species dig burrows and sleep prolifically, up to 16 hours per day, foraging in the early Air Max 95 Neon Safari

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Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning armored one and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail of most of these odd looking creatures. Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear such shells.

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