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(National Geographic)   Begun, the Armadillo Invasion has   (news.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 46
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2014-07-13 01:44:59 PM
They're gonna turn us all in lepers!!! :O

Educational Linkage
 
2014-07-13 02:12:14 PM
I for one would welcome our new armored overlords, if they would make their way west to California.
 
2014-07-13 04:25:02 PM
www.aero-news.net
 
2014-07-13 04:26:46 PM
Wait so if this is a natural migration how is it an invasive species? If the 'dillos were let loose then I'd be rooting the invasive species flag but they sound like coyotes, adaptable and opportunistic.
 
2014-07-13 04:27:58 PM
Armadillos aren't invincible, of course, and cold weather will eventually check their spread.

Their kryptonite appears to be four lane highways.
 
2014-07-13 04:32:55 PM
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2014-07-13 04:36:14 PM
They used to be really common in Texas but I haven't seen one in years. I was under the impression they were actually decreasing in numbers.

It's not the first time I've been wrong about something, but it doesn't explain why I haven't seen one in ages.
 
2014-07-13 04:39:27 PM
Bring it on!

blogs.crikey.com.au

/For some reason, when I was a kid, I attempted to go meet one of these cute rolley polley animals.  I guess I thought it may just roll up into a ball if I got close.  Nope, ran at me like a possum on meth.  Fark armadillos.

/Yes I realize how stupid I was.
 
2014-07-13 04:39:55 PM
So they don't hibernate, don't have any fur, and don't do well in cold weather?

Yeah I'm not seeing too much of an issue here. Any normal midwestern winter would kill them out.
 
2014-07-13 04:39:56 PM

bearded clamorer: [static.fjcdn.com image 750x500]


One will give me leprosy, the other massive internal bleeding or "Ew." reaction. Do not want either.
 
2014-07-13 04:41:22 PM

soseussme: They used to be really common in Texas but I haven't seen one in years. I was under the impression they were actually decreasing in numbers.

It's not the first time I've been wrong about something, but it doesn't explain why I haven't seen one in ages.


I've seen 3 of them while out running in city parks in Arlington TX.
 
2014-07-13 04:46:52 PM

CJHardin: Bring it on!

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/For some reason, when I was a kid, I attempted to go meet one of these cute rolley polley animals.  I guess I thought it may just roll up into a ball if I got close.  Nope, ran at me like a possum on meth.  Fark armadillos.

/Yes I realize how stupid I was.



Are they good eatin?
 
2014-07-13 04:51:16 PM
Eat them
 
2014-07-13 04:57:07 PM

Captain Steroid: They're gonna turn us all in lepers!!! :O

Educational Linkage


Almost all of us are immune to leprosy!!! :P

Educational Linkage
 
2014-07-13 05:00:00 PM
Hard candy shell not resistant to buckshot.
 
2014-07-13 05:13:09 PM

CJHardin: Bring it on!

[blogs.crikey.com.au image 604x453]

/For some reason, when I was a kid, I attempted to go meet one of these cute rolley polley animals.  I guess I thought it may just roll up into a ball if I got close.  Nope, ran at me like a possum on meth.  Fark armadillos.

/Yes I realize how stupid I was.



Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?
 
2014-07-13 05:15:38 PM
As far west as Illinois?
 
2014-07-13 05:27:29 PM
Since moving to Texas over eighteen years ago I have seen two live armadillos.

The first one ran directly under my truck the first year I was there, it did not survive.

Finally saw another live one around three weeks ago, I was able to swerve to miss it.

All the other armadillos I have seen have for some reason been dead and on the side of the road, like it was their natural state.
 
2014-07-13 05:32:09 PM

dryknife: As far west as Illinois?


The folks at National Geographic don't know dick about geography.
 
2014-07-13 05:36:24 PM

Jeng: Since moving to Texas over eighteen years ago I have seen two live armadillos.

The first one ran directly under my truck the first year I was there, it did not survive.

Finally saw another live one around three weeks ago, I was able to swerve to miss it.

All the other armadillos I have seen have for some reason been dead and on the side of the road, like it was their natural state.


Why would you swerve to miss something that small? You're putting yourself in more danger by swerving.
 
2014-07-13 05:42:39 PM

WeenerGord: Are they good eatin?


'Possum on the half-shell.
 
2014-07-13 05:53:36 PM
Oh meet my friend, the armadillo,
He's got armour on his back,
You can't hurt the armadillo,
He's immune to your attack.
He's immune to your attack!

Meet my friend, the armadillo!
He's extraordinary in every way!

Way out on the desert highway,
The armadillo is walking home,
A big truck hits the armadillo,
He flips the truck right off the road.
Flips the truck and it explodes!

/nothing is obscure on fark
 
2014-07-13 06:05:52 PM

WeenerGord: CJHardin: Bring it on!

[blogs.crikey.com.au image 604x453]

/For some reason, when I was a kid, I attempted to go meet one of these cute rolley polley animals.  I guess I thought it may just roll up into a ball if I got close.  Nope, ran at me like a possum on meth.  Fark armadillos.

/Yes I realize how stupid I was.


Are they good eatin?


Yes, in fact they are.  I've had it on 2 occasions and both times it was pretty good.  Gutted and cooked in it's shell.  Mostly white meat, of course it's gamey, but no more than rabbit.  Great on the grill with some spicy BBQ sauce.

BlackMtnMan: Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?


But of course.... ***Rolls window up, "onward Jeeves", drives off running over another armadillo, stops, backs up, window rolls down, picks up armadillo, rolls window back up, "onward Jeeves."
 
2014-07-13 06:05:53 PM

Jeng: Since moving to Texas over eighteen years ago I have seen two live armadillos.

The first one ran directly under my truck the first year I was there, it did not survive.

Finally saw another live one around three weeks ago, I was able to swerve to miss it.

All the other armadillos I have seen have for some reason been dead and on the side of the road, like it was their natural state.


I saw a few dead ones on the way to Gulf Shores a couple weeks ago.  Saw my first live one on the way home, right before it suicided under my car.  Would've tried harder to miss it if we weren't going 65 at the time.
 
2014-07-13 06:22:58 PM
So i guess we have to add speed bumps to the list now?
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I don't see no scales on you, son
 
2014-07-13 06:34:28 PM
We need to research the suicidal nature of these poor beasts. Why are they so willingly seeking out roadways to do themselves in?
 
2014-07-13 06:50:19 PM

red5ish: Armadillos aren't invincible, of course, and cold weather will eventually check their spread.

Their kryptonite appears to be four lane highways.


THIS!

I've lived in Florida for a year...seen about a dozen armadillos...all dead...on the side of highways/roads...getting picked apart by buzzards.
 
2014-07-13 06:52:19 PM
In the early 80s, Austin area, since 'dillos jump up when startled, therefore a lot of roadkill. Had a friend who found one not too FUBARed, placed a Lone Star bottle in its mouth, snapped a pic. Kinda gross, but funny.
 
2014-07-13 07:25:43 PM

redmid17: Jeng: Since moving to Texas over eighteen years ago I have seen two live armadillos.

The first one ran directly under my truck the first year I was there, it did not survive.

Finally saw another live one around three weeks ago, I was able to swerve to miss it.

All the other armadillos I have seen have for some reason been dead and on the side of the road, like it was their natural state.

Why would you swerve to miss something that small? You're putting yourself in more danger by swerving.


It doesn't matter if you swerve - their natural defense reaction is to jump 2 to 4 feet, straight up into the air, directly into your driveline.
 
2014-07-13 07:38:52 PM
"I breed armidillo's"
"Is it profitable?"
"Not really, but the armidillo's seem to enjoy it"

/ I hope not obscure
 
2014-07-13 07:57:13 PM
Most people don't hit them with their cars, they die as you drive over them, and hit the undercarriage.  They jump when frightened.  You see a ton of them down here in the Ozark hills.  When I moved here in 1980, they were just crossing into Missouri.  Now they've made it as far north as the Missouri river.  Doubt they can go much farther north, too cold in the winter.
 
2014-07-13 08:14:24 PM
I have killed dozens of armadillos this year. They tear up pasture like crazy. And they eat the pineapples off the plants.
No love here.
 
2014-07-13 08:51:33 PM
15 years ago I had never seen an armadillo. Now there are dead ones on the highways every where around here (Kansas).
 
2014-07-13 08:54:23 PM
 
2014-07-13 09:28:53 PM
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2014-07-13 09:42:57 PM

BeatrixK: red5ish: Armadillos aren't invincible, of course, and cold weather will eventually check their spread.

Their kryptonite appears to be four lane highways.

THIS!

I've lived in Florida for a year...seen about a dozen armadillos...all dead...on the side of highways/roads...getting picked apart by buzzards.


Well, if you jump on them when they are rolling towards you, nothing happens to them. But once they unfurl and you jump on them you can kill them.
 
2014-07-13 10:12:03 PM
I saw my first live opossum in Canada this past winter. I named it Bob and fed him dog food and hot dogs and he hung around until spring and went off wherever it is opossums go and I kind of miss the ugly little bastard. A backyard armadillo might be kind of neat too so if they are moving north I wouldn't mind much.
 
2014-07-13 10:54:26 PM
What an invading armadillo might look like:

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2014-07-13 10:56:26 PM

SundaesChild: I for one would welcome our new armored overlords, if they would make their way west to California.


Apparently they can give you leprosy, so I'm going to go with no armadillos in California. Too bad, really, they're pretty cool looking.
 
2014-07-14 12:05:46 AM

TurboCojones: Hard candy shell not resistant to buckshot.


Yeah, I've got a couple of the little bastages digging` holes in my yard I'd like to introduce to a little buckshot!

I just have to get up at 4 am to catch them in the act.....

Once of these days.
 
2014-07-14 01:41:53 AM
 
2014-07-14 04:33:58 AM
Dillo al pastor or pibil is one of the finest things in life... tender, moist (more than the best rabbit you remember), more like pork in texture. If you're around Mexico City, go here http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150800-d1009954-Reviews - Restaurante_Chon-Mexico_City_Central_Mexico_and_Gulf_Coast.html
 
2014-07-14 09:32:15 AM
These armored assholes need to check their weather privilege.
 
2014-07-14 10:06:16 AM
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2014-07-14 11:07:51 AM
Tear up your yard, they do
 
2014-07-15 01:27:53 AM
Nature's main battle tank.
 
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