While I was out hiking on Honeymoon Island, I stumbled across an armadillo along the trail. I was pretty surprised to see one here in Florida. For some reason, I never pictured armadillos hanging out under palm trees.
Weird thing is, I lived in Texas for six months without seeing one even though they are very common there. The first time out on a hike here in Florida I ran right into one. Weird.
As it turns out, the nine-banded armadillos are common here in Florida. They are not native to the state but were introduced here in the early 1900′s. They now live throughout the state and can be found wherever there is dense ground cover (read more facts here).
I’ve never seen an armadillo in person before and was pretty amazed by the creature. It sort of looks like the result we might see if the Easter Bunny (the ears and size) hooked up with a rhino (the armor).
Ever wanted to see an armadillo up close and personal? Probably not but here are a few photos of the crazy creature anyways:
Short Video Clip
I also took a quick clip of the armadillo with my video camera. However, I didn’t notice until I got home that the macro setting was on so it turned out pretty blurry.
Now the question is, what animal will I run into next?