Originally uploaded by wildflorida.
Check out that protective armor! The nine banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), native to Mexico, is said to have migrated naturally into Texas over the last century and a half. It is likely some populations in that state and New Mexico were also intentionally introduced. While this species is now the state mammal of Texas, in Florida, where this photo was taken, the species is considered invasive. The Florida introductions are most frequently attributed to escaped and released individuals.
Thanks to wildflorida for allowing me to share this great photo with you.
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