Armadillo Nouveau

Let’s take an armadillo break. National Geographic is full of armadillo fact, fantasy and lore:

The armadillo’s hapless propensity for being run over by cars has earned it the nickname “Hillbilly Speed Bump.”

Closely related to anteaters and sloths, armadillos generally have a pointy or shovel-shaped snout and small eyes. They vary widely in size and color, from the 6-inch-long (15-centimeter-long), salmon-colored pink fairy armadillo to the 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long), dark-brown giant armadillos. Others have black, red, gray, or yellowish coloring.

Contrary to popular belief, not all armadillos are able to encase themselves in their shells. In fact, only the three-banded armadillo can, curling its head and back feet and contorting its shell into a hard ball that confounds would-be predators.

Have you ever seen an armadillo in the flesh, so to speak? Here’s one taking a bath. They are nocturnal, so this video is a rare sighting. They are perfectly designed for easy transport.

And they make excellent snacks, too.

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