Do you need
armadillo removal in the Memphis TN area? Armadillo removal is
sometimes necessary because armadillos can cause problems in your yard!
Ever wonder how the armadillo got its name? Well, armadillo means “little armored one” in Spanish. These little guys average about 2 and a half feet long, weigh about 12 pounds and they’re covered with bony, armor-like plates. Armadillos can sometimes live up to 30 years. Armadillos can look bald, but they do have wiry hairs on their sides and belly. Some people call these hairs “curb feelers” because armadillos use these hairs to feel their way around due to their poor vision.
Armadillos are usually loners except for breeding season which occurs between April and June. After mating, the male leaves and the female raises the babies. A baby armadillo is called a pup. Armadillos can have anywhere from 1 to 12 pups in a litter. When the pups are born, their little shells are soft and gray and feel like leather. They can even roll up into a ball within hours of being born! The shell will harden within a few days, and the mother will nurse the pups for 2 to 4 months. Armadillos grow into adults between 9 and 12 months of age.
Armadillos mostly eat insects and larvae, but they also like earthworms, scorpions, and spiders. They’re also known to eat lizards, small frogs, and snakes, too. Now because they usually have to burrow to find food, they can cause a LOT of damage to lawns and flower beds. Those sharp claws can even burrow under buildings and driveways.
Do armadillos really carry leprosy? Yes, as a matter of fact they do. They can also carry rabies, salmonella, and tapeworms. However, the risk of catching leprosy from an armadillo is very low. So unless you are a fan of armadillo sandwiches, you’re probably safe.