Some people think he's good. Some people think he's ugly. I consider him just plain bad!
Well, he's great at ridding your garden of slugs. Nell Jean says he'll eat fire ants! And some people say he tastes like pork. Yum? Well, I don't know about that, but he does seem to be a favorite with the vultures, baked in his own shell. People in many areas of Central and South America eat armadillo, and during the Depression here, they were often used as food.
Just take a look. I rest my case.
He not only eats ants, but he'll also eat your earthworms! I don't have enough of those as it is!
He roots up plants. I have a hard enough time getting things to grow without him digging up plants when my back is turned!
He makes holes, and I have tripped many times just walking along unaware that he had set a trap. A tripping trap! Sprained ankles are not fun!
So, since I'm not going to eat his porky-tasting flesh, I wish to keep all my earthworms, I don't like holes in the yard, and I don't like re-planting my plants over and over, I find him to be a nuisance.
Well, not pure evil. More like misunderstood. The nine-banded armadillo is the only type of armadillo we have here. In researching this particular armadillo, I found: The nine-banded armadillo is a mammal and almost always gives birth to four identical quadruplets! The poor thing doesn't have a very good immune system, and so he is used for a lot of medical research, especially research on leprosy. In fact, wild armadillos can have leprosy, which can be transmitted if eaten undercooked. They have extremely poor eyesight. He is very vulnerable to cold weather, and prolonged cold can kill him. The nine-banded armadillo is just one of several species of armadillo, some of which are now endangered.
Almost makes me feel a bit sorry for him.
But not quite.
Do you have this intruder in your garden?