Armadillos

One of my favourite sightings in Florida is when we see an Armadillo.  In the States it is the nine-banded armadillo, the only variety to live outside of Latin America.  Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail.  Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts.   Armadillos sleep most of the day (up to 16 hours) and therefore you are most likely to spot them foraging in the early morning and evening for beetles, ants, termites, and other insects. They have very poor eyesight, and utilize their keen sense of smell to hunt.   Because of their poor eyesight if the wind is in the right direction they don’t always spot you straight away so we have been able to get relatively close to them to take some photographs.  I just think that they are beautiful and unique, strangely intriguing.

We have seen them in quite a few areas of Florida, including along the grass verges on the way to the Disney parks and at Posner Park shopping centre just off  the I4, US27, we also saw them once just as we landed at Orlando International.  Griffin Road off the US192 is also a top spot to see them.

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