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Order Xenarthra – Armadillos, Anteaters, and Sloths
Family Dasypodidae – Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo – Dasypus novemcinctus

Armadillos reach sexual maturity at about one year of age. They breed between June and August. They have delayed implantation, which can last for up to four months. Implantation occurs around November and gestation lasts about four months. Generally, the female produces only one litter per year. Thus each litter consists of four identical quadruplets. Fully formed young are born with their eyes open in March or April.

Armadillos are considered both an exotic species and a pest. There are no specific threats to their survival. Armadillos have few natural predators. Many are killed while trying to cross roads or highways or when feeding along roadsides.
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They occur throughout the South from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas through Missouri, And NOW Rutherford Country, Smyrna Tennessee :-)
The nine-banded armadillo is about the size of an opossum or large house cat. They are 24 to 32 inches long of which 9½ to 14½ inches is tail. The larger adult males weigh between 12 and 17 pounds whereas the smaller females weigh between 8 and 13 pounds. They are brown to yellow-brown and have a few sparse hairs on their bellies. Long claws make them proficient diggers. They have 4 toes on each front foot and 5 on each back foot. The toes are spread so that a walking track looks somewhat like an opossum or raccoon. The ears are about an 1½ inches long having a pig-like snout.

At the start of the 20th century, the nine-banded armadillo was present in Texas. By the 1930s, they were in Louisiana and by 1954 they had crossed the Mississippi River heading east. In the 1950s, they were introduced into Florida and began heading north.