Pavement Ends
James Baughn

Welcome to Armadillo Acres

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010, at 4:11 PM


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  • I enjoyed your article!

    We live right on the edge of town in Cape Girardeau, one evening this late fall while sitting outside using our firepit, an armadillo walked right past us at a very leisurely pace. It walked the entire length of our yard and at any time could have easily ran away. It was no more than 15 feet away from us. We just sat and continued to talk, acting as if we were ignoring it, all the while enjoying the view. There were 5 of us watching and it didn't phase the little fellow at all.

    -- Posted by Penhead on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 4:25 PM
  • Armadillos are common in South Florida. I see some on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail almost every time I ride if it's early in the morning or at dusk.

    I was riding on Jupiter Island (allegedly the highest per capital Zip Code in the country) when I saw one starting to cross the road.

    My riding partner, who is sometimes oblivious, kept heading straight. The armadillo, showing better awareness than my partner, swerved left. My friend, finally seeing the armadillo swerved in the opposite direction. This must have confused the 'dillo, because he (she) changed directions like a crazed squirrel.

    In a bicycle vs armadillo crash, the 'dillo has better armor. She bounced off him and went down. He / she scampered off to tell his / her buddies about finally winning an encounter on a roadway.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 5:47 PM
  • I once chased an armadillo through downtown Advance, clicking photos like a madwoman. When it finally "went to ground," I grabbed its tail and tried to pull it out of a hole. That is an exercise in futility! Those creatures can DIG!

    Throughout the entire encounter, it pointedly ignored me, stopping to listen only when it heard a dog barking.

    I had to go off and leave it and was sad to hear that it was later splattered all over the highway. Their tendancy to ignore their surroundings causes them great disaster.

    -- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 10:08 PM
  • I've never seen one stand up like that! Very cool photos, James!

    -- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 10:09 PM
  • I wouldn't grab one bare-handed. Armadillos carry multiple diseases that can be cought by humans not to mention the large claws. These animals are a pest, constantly digging up lawns and agricultural fields.

    -- Posted by mynameismud on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 1:12 AM
  • This explains the large holes that have suddenly appeared in our yard lately. They look exactly like the ones in these photos. We were thinking we had mutant gophers or moles.

    One reason why the 'dillos loose so many fights with cars is because one of their defensive tricks is to jump straight up in the air (about 3 feet) while curling into a ball. So this puts them right at bumper/grill height on a vehicle. And for the car it's about the equivalent of having a bowling ball thrown through the grill.

    -- Posted by farmwife2 on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 2:55 PM
  • amazing

    always love your column

    -- Posted by Skeptic1 on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 8:36 PM