Nonnatives - Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo - Dasypus novemcinctus

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

This native of southwestern North America has expanded its range into Florida but one or more introductions of armadillos also occurred along the east coast of Florida as early as the 1920s and in southern Alabama in the 1960s . Animals from these various introductions, as well as those naturally expanding from western populations, merged in the Panhandle in the late 1970s or early 1980s, and they now occur throughout the state. Armadillos can be a nuisance to homeowners when they dig up lawns looking for food. They also carry diseases such as St. Louis encephalitis, leptospires, arboviruses, and leprosy.

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