The armadillos in Florida are Nine-Banded Armadillos. They are not native to Florida, but they now thrive here. Their most distinctive trait is their armor. This bony, scaled shell protects it from attacks by predators, which they seem to have few of. Adults are 26-32 inches long including the tail, and weigh 10-16 pounds. Armadillos are nocturnal, but on occasion, they will forage during the daytime. They are prolific diggers, and often dig in search of insect larvae and earthworms. They generally have poor eyesight, but an excellent sense of smell. They live in underground burrows that they dig, and they often have several in their home range.
Armadillos dig! This is really the only problem they cause. They may dig up lawns and landscapes digging for grubs and earthworms. Florida’s sandy soil is ideal to an armadillo and easy to dig through. Armadillos may dig a tunnel (burrow) under your deck, porch, shed, or even house. You may find a hole next to your house with a lot of dirt piled behind it, about 6-8 inches in diameter. This may be an armadillo burrow. They may possibly undermine a structure by removing the supporting soil beneath it.
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