There is another University of San Francisco has paper on line titled The Biogeography of the Nine-Banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). It talks of a Mayan legend that describes an event where two rebellious gods were taught a lesson (seriously – I am not kidding)!
Armadillos certainly are an interesting animal. Interesting or not, I have never seen one wandering around (although I know they are around), the only place I have seen them is pancake-flat on the side of the road.
What I have also seen is their handiwork in my gardens.
The other night one decided to slink under the fence into the backyard looking of r a grub buffet. Luckily I only found two plants that were completely uprooted; a day lily and a young purple sage, but many other plants were laying on their sides and not looking too happy. All those plants were in a area I had watered that morning. The ground must have still been moist enough to draw the armadillo in. Dang it! (this was before the rain we had yesterday)
I didn’t notice the destruction until later that day. You can bet I will be out there each morning surveying my gardens a bit more closely. With our area as dry as it is I am surprised the armadillos haven’t paid me a visit sooner.
P.S. I am assuming this is the handy work of an armadillo. In reality it could be a opossum or a raccoon too.