Nine-Banded Armadillo

 

This exotic that traveled the highways from Mexico has become an agricultural pest due to the damage caused by its digging behavior. Mainly nocturnal, this animal makes its burrows in dry sandy soils where it will uproot and destroy plants. Covered with nine flexible overlapping armored bands that encircle its midsection, the Armadillo can twist or curl up into a ball to protect its soft belly. The Armadillo uses its long sticky tongue to dig and to catch food.

Latin Name: Dasypus Novemcinctus

Habitat: Pine flatwoods, Oak Hammock

Diet: Ants, Crayfish, Frogs, Mammals, Carrion

Species Alert! Exotic