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Armadillos Headed for Virginia?

October 5, 2011

The Washington Post reports today:

The armadillo arrived in Texas in the 1880s, in Florida in the 1920s and has since settled into “totally unexpected” areas including southern Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Missouri.

Biologists speculate that if the trend continues, the armadillo may soon be turning up in Washington, Maryland and Virginia, and even as far north as New Jersey.

The North Carolina Museum of Life + Science reports that armadillos have already reached southern North Carolina:

Once common to the very southern states like Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Florida these little tanks have been constantly moving their range further north and east. They have been sighted in our state most usually on the southernmost stretch between Wilmington and Charlotte. If their trend continues, they will have spread across the majority of the state in the next two to three years. That’s all is took them to occupy almost all of South Carolina from their appearance in 1995.

The ability of the armadillo to spread so successfully is due mainly to it’s high reproductive rate, lack of natural predators, and little desire of the American people to hunt and eat them. They probably won’t get much farther than Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania due to their inability to handle the harsh winter climates…

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6 Responses to Armadillos Headed for Virginia?

  1. Raymond Wood
    June 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Seen a armadillo in my backyard this morning in Powhatan via 6-8-2015

  2. June 12, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for the report! If you have a picture, I’d be glad to share it.

  3. Dan
    February 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Definitely saw one tonight in Prince George County. Reminds me of my youth in Oklahoma…

  4. Ed Stoddard
    July 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Saw one on Flank road, alive, last night near the sports field. Wasn’t expecting that at all. At first I thought it was a opossum.

  5. October 11, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Ed and Dan, do you have any more information, such as a photo, and Ed what city is Flank Road in Petersburg? Thanks!

  6. October 11, 2018 at 11:15 am

    That second phrase is missing some punctuation. It should be “and, Ed, what city is Flank Road in? Petersburg?

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