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Everything You Didn't Know About Armadillos

How much do you know about armadillos? Asher Kade had never even heard of armadillos before he moved to Texas and confronted many of them. But he dug up a lot of fascinating facts about the ancient animals. For instance, they can walk underwater and hold their breath up to six minutes! But they are endangered because they don't reproduce well, as you'll learn in this article at Environmental Graffiti. Link -via Look At This

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Armadillos are not endangered! They are spreading north from Texas as far as they can sustain the cold (they have very little body fat). They are the only animals in Florida classified with rats and mice that you do not need a permit to intentionally kill. Ugh.
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I watched a cooking program once that was devoted solely to preparing, cooking and eating an armadillo. It's lot of work, let me tell you. I hope they taste delicious.
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The article gives a reference to the endangered claim. I checked it out and it looks like the giant armadillo in South America is endangered. The common nine banded Armadillo that we find across the south is not endangered.
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There has been NO known transference (or infection) of Mycobacterium leprae from touching a armadillo (dead or alive).

There are a few VERY rare cases of infection from eating under-cooked armadillo meat.

So as long as you're not looking for a quick armadillo sushi snack, you have NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.

Besides which, Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) was first treatable in the 40's and treatment was perfected using a 3-drug cocktail in the 70's.
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Even still, I won't be picking any of these little guys up anytime soon. You don't hear about people getting rabies from bats, but you still should not mess with them.
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