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Texas Armadillo

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 26 April 2011 in Animal & Insect.

In the Spirit of Silly Tuesday...
The iconic Texas Armadillos are most often seen dead at the side of the road, unfortunate victims of "roadkill" along highways and busy streets, or in Texas posters, art work and souvenirs.

Gifted with a keen sense of smell, armadillos have extremely poor eyesight. Upon sensing danger, armadillos scurry off to safety at a frantic pace.

This one wondered into our yard from the woods early one evening to search for grubs and bugs among fallen leaves. He could sense that I was nearby, but had to stand up for a better look, before he did scurry off in a panic.

NIKON D5000 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 640 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Sterre from Vianen, Netherlands

Very silly.
Never say this.

26 Apr 2011 7:11am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I did not know they would stand like this ! lol . . seems a real sensible idea for ST !!

26 Apr 2011 9:12am

@Ronnie 2¢: First time I'd ever seen one stand up!

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Armadillo on a stick what a treat! Store them in the freezer and eat them like pop-sickles!

26 Apr 2011 10:41am

@J.R.: thinks, J.R. I'll leave that treat for you. ;-)

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

So nice and interesting animal !

26 Apr 2011 11:10am

Melissa from Deep South Texas, United States

Awesome capture!!!! He's cute and ugly at the same time. : )

26 Apr 2011 11:39am

@Melissa: My thought exactly.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wow ... I've never seen one in an upright position.
Mike says, "Faster than a speeding bullet, and he can dig almost that fast too." I can still see him in his boxers with a shovel in his hand early one morning, running down the driveway trying to catch one that continually dug under our house a few years back. ;D

26 Apr 2011 12:51pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Too bad you didn't get a photo of that for us. ;-) This one digs in our yard at night.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

LOL....super capture for a ST Barbara! ;-))

26 Apr 2011 1:04pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

We used to love seeing these little guys and ALWAYS felt so badly when we saw them along the road which, as you say, was QUITE a common occurance....Fortunately I think Texans for the most part love them and have finally decided to try and protect as much as they can...I ubnderstand that Armadillos are making a slow migration east or west but I cannot remember that true?? Cool shot Barbara!

26 Apr 2011 2:28pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Yes, they are popular as Texas icons, but they do get run over a lot.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Cute fellow critter...never seen one live... i heard about them and how strong the armor are...nice shot

26 Apr 2011 3:53pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thanks.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Has to be an unusual shot, I've never even see one in a zoo!

26 Apr 2011 5:18pm

@Curly: They are cool little critters.

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Not exactly cute and cuddly but not all creatures are!

26 Apr 2011 5:44pm

@Shar: I agree.

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Wow, what a fabulous shot of this guy. Seeing such detail of his features is terrific.

26 Apr 2011 7:00pm

@Williams: Thanks, Williams.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


26 Apr 2011 8:59pm

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

To me this is an amazing alien to what I am used to. It is so cool that it came right into your yard. Great capture

26 Apr 2011 11:42pm

@Candais: Thanks. We had seen where he was digging in our yard, but they usually only come around at night.

Joyce Johnson from Emigrant, United States

What a creature! And what a cool full length portrait! His eyes do not look like his best feature, it's true, poor artifact from the past, probably millons of years old. He looks it. Thanks for a rare close up photo Barbara. Lucky prize.

27 Apr 2011 12:37am

@Joyce Johnson: Thanks. I was surprised to see it before dark.

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura!

27 Apr 2011 12:54am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

never seen this before, thanks for sharing

27 Apr 2011 2:39pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

What strange little creatures from another world, another time, with their long fingernails, pointy nose and ears. Great share!

1 May 2011 12:24am

@LauraS: Cool critter, isn't it?! Thanks.

1/50 second
ISO 640
300 mm (35mm equiv.)