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MAMMALS

Black Bayou NWR

ARMADILLOS

Dasypus novemcinctus

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Gray body, covered with with small, bony, armorlike plates; nine bands around the body; able to curl up
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Unique in North Louisiana
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: Beetles, termites, wasps, ants, cockroaches, snails, grubs, worms, spiders, fruit, eggs, carrion
  • HABITAT: Forests
  • BREEDING: Spring - litter of 4 born in burrow
  • BEHAVIOR: Solitary, nocturnal, burrowing
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Digging and hopping
  • THREATS: Hansen’s disease, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, raccoons, black bears
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round