Monday, September 04, 2006

Watch Out, They're Coming to a Place Near You

We've had these critters digging in our flower beds since we had beds. One time Mrs. Jim caught Moma and three babies digging there for worms.

She shooed them away, they didn't shoo very good or very fast. They all sorta' waddled through the front yard and accross the street.

For a picture and description, see Wikipedia (link).

The armadillo is waddling its way north (link):
"Robert Dibrell: Chronicle Illustration




Sept. 4, 2006, 1:24AM
They're makin' tracks
The armadillo, that official small mammal of Texas, is waddling its way north; maybe the grass really is greener there

By JEANNIE KEVER
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle


The official small mammal of Texas is becoming a Yankee.
Blame global warming. Or maybe just wanderlust.


Texans feel proprietary about the armored mammal, but we hardly have a monopoly on its range. It's not even a native.


The nine-banded armadillo, the most prolific of the 20 species of armadillo and the only one to live in the United States, crossed the Rio Grande about 150 years ago.


In recent years, though, it has been spotted as far north as Illinois.
'I don't know exactly how they get here,' said Joyce Hofmann, a research scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey's center for wildlife and plant ecology. 'I don't know if they're really surviving and breeding here.'


But she has gathered more than 100 reports of sightings, mostly roadkill, since 1999.


A few have been found as far north as Chicago, but most have been in southern Illinois.


Emboldened by the disappearance of its predators, the 'dillo spread first across the Southeast and now is marching through the Midwest, where the biggest threat isn't bobcats and foxes but freezing weather." [Continue the article]


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