The 9 banded armadillo is native to Texas.  Adults are 2-4 ft. long (with tail) and live about 7-10 years.  They prefer a warm, moist climate that is wooded or grassy.  Armadillos eat worms, ants, maggots, beetles, larvae, termites and other tasty grubs that like to live in the soil.

Armadillos have claws built for digging and are very adept for digging burrows to rest in and for finding insects and invertebrates in loose soil.

Interesting facts:

  • Armadillos can jump 3-4 feet in the air when trying to scare a predator away.
  • Every “litter” of armadillo consists of 4 infants (one zygote splits into 4 after conception).