... about this little lady, our 9-banded armadillo.
Erma is back!
Border collie Bob went into her* frantic armadillo dance on the deck. I told her she was silly, Erma didn't live here anymore, and then immediately watched an armadillo rustle out from underneath, ignore me completely to gather a pile of leaves, and pull them back under to make her nest.
Sorry for doubting you, Bob!
*(Bob is a girl. The Writer always wanted a dog named Bob. She doesn't care.)
Contrary to my report last fall, Erma apparently wasn't the one killed on the road in front of our house.
Maybe it was her paramour, father of this year's quads. Or maybe it was Erma and this one took over her home beneath the deck. It's not easy to tell one armadillo from another.
Did you know ...
I'll leave you with an armadillo joke my grandson told me when he was five.
- Armadillos are one of the few animals who consume fire ants as part of their diet. They also eat roaches. As far as I'm concerned, that makes them heroes! Anything that eats fireants is a friend of mine.
- Armadillos have four babies at a time, always all the same sex. Their shells don't harden until after they are born and they stay with the mother for a year.
- Armadillos sleep an average of 18.5 hours a day.
- Armadillos can walk underwater and/or inflate their stomachs and intestines with air and float.
- Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy. People can only get it from them if they eat them or handle them extensively and then it is still extremely rare.
- When an armadillo is frightened it jumps straight into the air.
- There are over 50 million armadillos in the US.
Why did the chicken cross the road?