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Nine-Banded Armadillo

Dasypus novemcinctus


The nine-banded armadillo.


Burrowing into the soft ground and leaf litter in this oak-hickory-juniper cross-timbers biome.


Though primarily nocturnal, it is not uncommon to see these foraging during the day.

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MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Nice spotting!

AnjaliAnantharam 12 years ago

Congratulation ..Nice spotting !

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 12 years ago

Congratulations Greg!

rutasandinas 12 years ago

Sensacional imagen gran post

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Congratulations Greg!
wonderful photos!

Meik 12 years ago

Adorable animal! Nice photos!

ElenaNita 12 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 12 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago


ChristyHolland 12 years ago

That is so cute! Congratulations!

KarenL 12 years ago

Congratulations Greg!

Yasser 12 years ago

Greg, congratulations on having this spotting selected as Spotting of the Day and the first species to be highlighted for the National Wildlife Federation's National Wildlife Week! Today, we are showcasing wildlife with innovative defenses.

"To celebrate Day 1 of the National Wildlife Federation's National Wildlife Week, we are highlighting wildlife with innovative defenses. This Nine-Banded Armadillo is a great example. The term “armadillo” means “little armored one,” and refers to the presence of bony, armor-like plates covering their body. Additionally, If an armadillo needs to cross deeper, wider stretches of water, it can actually swallow air into its digestive tract, and swim at the surface, like a dog."


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 12 years ago

What a find ! - would love to see one of those - great pictures too..thanks for sharing.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

Cool series

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 12 years ago

Fantastic photos!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago

Very nice!

EmilyMarino 12 years ago

Great shot! What a cutie!

GregMayberry 12 years ago

Thank you for the kind words! These were photographed in a Boy Scout camp and are most likely well-fed by the campers. I am guessing that the armadillos and raccoons here are several generations removed from a wild diet!

KatCuff 12 years ago

That is a great series. I have to agree with KarenL, around here, they tend to be a lot thinner and that's not the way I like to see them. This is much better.

KarenL 12 years ago

Cute little guy! Nice to see one that's alive as we usually only see them as road kill around here.

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Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2011
Submitted on Jan 2, 2012

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