Wild Roams | Nine-banded Armadillo

Wild Roams | Nine-banded Armadillo

Armadillos are native to Texas and expanded their way into the Florida panhandle. Armadillos are now considered naturalized and are found throughout preferred habitat regions of Florida.
Their habitats are woodland and pine forest, where the soil is sandy or soil that has a mixture of organic matter, clay, silt, and sand. The loose soil makes it easier for the armadillos to excavate during forging.


Armadillos may breed in the early summer seasons, however, their gestation period is delayed for five months. Their litter may be born the following year between February or March.
Armadillos young are called pups and they are produced from a single fertilized egg. This single egg produces four identical pups in one litter.
Just like the Gopher Tortoise, Armadillos also dig burrows. Burrows are up to 7 inches in diameter and up to 13 feet long. They have several burrows within their territory and used by other wildlife, as well.

Links:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/armadillo/

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw082

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science/five-facts-nine-banded-armadillo/

https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/resources/texas-junior-naturalists/watching-wildlife/nine-banded-armadillo


 

AMH_0965Photographing Armadillos
by Alice Mary Herden

Even though the armadillo’s vision is poor, this heightens their other senses, so being quiet and slow is essential if you are photographing them.
As with any animal species, each one may have distinctive characteristics, individual behavior, and even a unique design.
If an armadillo comes out of the brush foraging for food ahead of you, it gives you a better chance to set up your camera. Be sure to be at a reasonable distance.
Snap a few photos and preview first, so you have time to make any quick setting adjustments.
You don’t always have to photograph the entire body or just a front view. Remember the part where I said each one might have a unique design, allow this to discover them.
Zoom in and photograph their unique design and other features. Photograph the hair under its neck (why does it have hair under there anyway?).
Did you notice that the bands have a different design?
Did you see the cool design on its forehead and how symmetrical it is? Are all armadillos created with the same design?
If you feel this has nothing to do with nature photography, which it actually does, you may be missing out on a larger connection with nature. It helps you explore new ways to photograph and may even tempt you to create a photographic gallery specifically of those unique designs!
While looking through the viewfinder, just view and not press the shutter release button. Keep an eye on how the armadillo walks, digs, or even looks around.
Observation will help you photograph these remarkable creatures. So many questions will start filling your head and may even encourage you to learn more.
So the next time you have that chance to photograph an armadillo, you will have a greater knowledge as well as the opportunity to create a unique story to share.

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