Little armored one

ARMADILLO! Yesterday when my husband and I were hiking at the Land Between Lakes National Recreational area in Kentucky we found an armadillo awake and digging around in the woods. Normally these are nocturnal critters but perhaps the previous night storms kept him in his burrow rather than feasting on tasty grubs in the moonlight.

While hiking along this critter soon realized he had a couple of onlookers and took off. We actually ran into him on the other side of the looping trail and got a good look at his armor up close. Sadly the picture below is the best one I got— I will blame it on my excitement.  Below are a few pictures and links about this very interesting  animal.

Nine banded armadillo

Nine banded armadillo skeleton with overlying armored skin.

Fun video about armadillos:

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