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  1. Every time an armadillo gives birth, they have identical quadruplets.

  2. Armadillos of the genus Dasypus (the only ones found in the US) give birth to four genetically identical young that split from the same embryo; i.e. they always have identical quadruplets; they are the only known vertebrate animals to exhibit this "polyembryony"

  3. A Texas man shot an armadillo and the bullet ricocheted into his face

  4. In 2005 a Texas man shot himself in the face after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted of the animal.

  5. Larry McElroy, while trying to shoot an armadillo with a 9mm pistol, had his bullet ricochet off the animal’s shell, hit a fence, go through the back door of his mother-in-law’s mobile home, pierce her recliner and finally hit her in the back.

  6. The Aztecs called armadillos āyōtōchtli, meaning "turtle-rabbits"

  7. The avocado evolved to appeal to extinct megafauna (e.g. the giant armadillo) in order to facilitate seed dispersal via ingestion and excretion. This is why the avocado has such a sizeable seed.

  8. Ancient humans hunted Glyptodon, an extinct massive armadillo, in order to live within their shells

  9. A man tried to shoot an armadillo but the bullet ricocheted off the shell and hit his mother in law

  10. The reason armadillos are so common as roadkill are that they jump three to four feet vertically when startled, which caused them to collide with the bottom of cars

What are some fun facts about armadillo?

A Texas man shot himself in the face after his bullet ricocheted of the armadillo he was trying to shoot.

Armadillos carry leprosy and caused a spike of leprosy cases in Florida in 2015

Nine-banded armadillos consistently give birth to identical quadruplets. Only one egg is ovulated and then the embryo splits four ways.

Armadillos can jump 3-4 feet in the air when startled

Armadillos can cross streams or rivers either by inflating their intestines to float or by simply holding their breath and walking across the bottom.

A Texas man who shot an armadillo, got hit in the face by his own bullet that bounced off from the hard shell

Alligator Snapping Turtles will eat almost any type of meat including including squirrels, armadillos and other turtles. One study in Louisiana showed 79.8% of the stomach contents of adult snapping turtles was composed of other turtles.

The word armadillo is spanish for "little armored one"

Armadillos give birth to identical quadruplets every time

The giant armadillo of South America regularly grows to over 4 feet in length. One exceptionally large specimen tipped the scales at 180 lbs.

Charles Darwin was a member of The Glutton Club at Cambridge which met weekly to eat “birds and beasts, which were before unknown to the human palate”. He also regularly ate some of the animals he discovered in his travels including puma, armadillos, and his famous giant Galapagos tortoises. - fact check

When human beings arrived in the Americas, 14,000 years ago, they found ground sloths the weight of elephants; a beaver eight feet from nose to tail; armadillos like small cars; giant lions and sabertooths". NYT

Armadillos were hunted for their meat during the Great Depression. Those who blamed President Hoover for the crisis referred to them as "Hoover Hogs."

The North American armadillo tends to jump straight in the air when surprised. Consequently, they often collide with the undercarriage or fenders of passing vehicles.

A man in Texas was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face.

One Texas man was hospitalized when a bullet he shot at an armadillo ricocheted off the animal and hit him in the jaw.

Reproduction of armadillos is very unique. Although mating season takes place in July, female becomes pregnant in November. This is called "delayed implantation". Female can postpone her pregnancy until environmental conditions become satisfying.

From one egg, 4 identical armadillos will be born. They are called quadruplets.

There are at least 78 species of mammals in Mochima National Park including armadillos, rabbits, foxes, tailed deer, dolphins, whales, and capuchin monkeys.

Yaupon (fruit) is important source of food for birds and various mammals such as raccoons, armadillos and skunks. Deer eat leaves and young shoots. Dense, evergreen foliage provides protection for animals during the winter.

Armadillo lizard can reach 15 to 17 inches in length and 8 to 17 pounds of weight. It has 14 to 16 inches long tail.

Armadillos can be pinkish, dark-brown, black, red, gray or yellowish in color.

Bush dog is diurnal animal (active during the day). It sleeps in the hollows of the trees or in the abandoned burrows of armadillo during the night.

Armadillo lizards are diurnal animals (active during the day).

Modern animals such as crocodiles and armadillos have same type of bony plates on the body, which play exactly the same role - protect the body against the predators.