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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Armadillos and Alligators

We're accustomed to exotic birds and animals in the back yard, but the armadillo was a surprise.


It dug a large burrow under our air conditioning unit. There are at least 21 species of armadillos in the Americas including the Pink Fairy and the Giant armadillo which can weigh over 100 pounds. I know you aren't supposed to capitalize species (except for different types of apples..go figure) but I don't care.


The armadillo doesn't tolerate cold well due to lack of body fat, but the nine-banded species has beeb observed as far north as Illinois.


The armadillo has rudimentary peg-like teeth with no enamel, suited to eating worms, grubs and soft plants.


Armadillos are super diggers. I saw one once dig a hole and disappear into it in just a few seconds.


We also have soft shell turtles in the back yard.


The air conditioner is behind the Staghorn, which should not be capitalized..


Mrs. Phred takes a ride.


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