This Armadillo was seen foraging along a hiking trail near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River
The relatively cool weather and threatening rain really brought out the small mammals this weekend. This is an Armadillo observed foraging in a pasture near Old Alton Bridge Park in Denton County.
This Armadillo came out of the tall grass and stopped right next to me on his way to crossing the trail I was on.
I encountered this Armadillo in Frisco’s Grand Park.
I encountered this Armadillo on the Cottonwood Trail in the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). I was headed one way and he was headed the other, but he was so preoccupied with what he was doing that he did not detect my approach. I simply walked right up to him.
While exploring the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area on Sunday I came across an odd assembly of Armadillos along a half mile/one kilometer stretch of the old Fish Hatchery Road.
The Armadillos were out in force at the Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, Texas this past weekend. We has a number of encounters, usually at close range.
Some days I come across a lot of Armadillos. It seems that there is a unique pattern of weather that brings these little armored mammals out in droves. I haven’t quite put my finger on what it is yet, but there is a combination of sun, temperature, wind, and rain that Armadillos really prefer.
Last Saturday was just such a day, and I encountered over a dozen Armadillos as I hiked through River Legacy park in Arlington, Texas. If I stopped and listened, I could hear even more rooting through the leaf litter behind the privet groves.
A roadkill Armadillo photographed on North Elm Street in Denton, Texas.
An Armadillo entering his burrow as captured on a trail camera.
I was packing up after doing a little blind work one evening. It was getting late and I was trying to beat the setting sun. That is when this little guy showed up in the clearing where I was staging my equipment.
The intrepid Armadillos paid me very little mind as he went about his business, and we soon parted ways.
Cingulata, part of the superorder Xenarthra, is an order of armored New World placental mammals. Dasypodids, the armadillos, are the only surviving family in the order. Two additional families of cingulates much larger than armadillos (maximum body mass of 45 kg (100 lb) in the case of the giant armadillo) existed until recently: pampatheres, which reached weights of up to 200 kg (440 lb) and glyptodonts, which attained masses of 2,000 kg (4,400 lb) or more. The order originated in South America...