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It's not like I don't already have enough things digging up our yard. Mad

I've heard these things were in Missouri, looks like the Mississippi is not enough to stop them. I never saw a live one when I lived in Houston, just the occasional road kill. Beyond the leprosy, should I be concerned?

Sorry for the low quality pic, storms moving in and dark.



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The nine-banded armadillo also serves science through its unusual reproductive system, in which four genetically identical offspring are born, the result of one original egg. Because they are always genetically identical, the group of four young provides a good subject for scientific, behavioral, or medical tests that need consistent biological and genetic makeup in the test subjects. This is the only reliable manifestation of polyembryony in the class Mammalia, and exists only within the genus Dasypus and not in all armadillos, as is commonly believed. Other species that display this trait include parasitoid wasps, certain flatworms, and various aquatic invertebrates.
 
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Here in Georgia, we sell them to Yankees driving south to Florida down I-75 as possum on the half-shell.


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Don't worry about the leprosy issue unless you plan to kill and clean them for cooking. Eek

Pick any dead ones up with gloves and dispose of them. Yes, they will dig your yard up looking for worms, grubs. You can shoot them but aside from that, their only known natural predator is the automobile!

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They don t really hold their breath and walk across river bottoms.


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They're here in large numbers, also, and seem to be replacing possums as the road kill of record for this area. Re the river stopping them, they apparently swim very well.


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Live traps work well if they are causing a problem. I read an interesting article about why so many end up as road kill. When they see the vehicle bearing down on them it triggers a reflex to jump which means they strike the undercarriage. End of story. Other animals duck I guess.
 
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They will rip your yard to shreds in one night . And they return to the same area repeatedly . They are hard to trap because you can't bait them . You use boards to "channel" them into the entrance as they root along . Personally , I find that my CZ 452 with CCI Quiet Ammo works pretty well and the neighbors are none the wiser .
 
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Taste like pork.
 
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Take it out when you can.
 
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Well, according to local folks, it turns out armadillos have been around here a couple years or more. The county animal control guy had no good advice but did say he'd seen one crossing the JB Bridge some time ago. Red Face I can see that bridge from our house.

So yeah, taking them out seems to be the best advice. I'm pretty sure I can get away with subsonic ammo or a ball bat, shovel, something.

Question about potential disposal. I have woods on three sides, some low, just dump them? Bury them? Are decomposing dillos more of a threat than any other medium sized animal?


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I love armadillos! I'm just enjoying your photo while I hum to myself and blissfully ignore the rest of the thread. Cool



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95% of people naturally immune to leprosy. So risk is low.

Still, no desire to play with one, unless it's at the other end of a barrel.
 
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I seem to recall seeing some 1200+ FPS air rifles on the market, decent prices. I suspect a 17 or 22 cal traveling at 1200 FPS would do them in. Then pick up the bodies and deposit them in some commercial trash bin.


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I seem to recall seeing some 1200+ FPS air rifles on the market, decent prices. I suspect a 17 or 22 cal traveling at 1200 FPS would do them in.

I have both a Gamo and a Stoeger that fit that category. Work great on tree rats, but they haven't learned how to up-armor yet. Can't say how they'd work on a dillo.




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Treat the yard for grubs and other underground insects, they will leave when there is no food source



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This is on Weds night at 7PM in Iowa:

http://site.iptv.org/series/88...re/3409?d=1492646400

Hotel Armadillo
Lizards, coati, peccaries and more animals spend time in a burrow made by a Giant Armadillo.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature...madillo-about/15186/
 
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They don t really hold their breath and walk across river bottoms.


I don't know about rivers, but I have personally seen an armadillo cross a creek. It was about 10 feet wide and probably 4 feet deep at the spot.
 
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They are a huge problem. A .410 works well.



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