Adult armadillos can grow up to be 8-15 lbs. in size. They are a cousin to the sloth and the anteater. They have a sticky, barbed tongue so they love to eat ants, bugs, and gardens! We saw cone-shaped holes in the ground around our campsite at Sumter Oaks and come to find out, "they" had been there digging for worms, grubs and other goodies. Armadillos have between 30-32 peg shaped teeth. Like a pig, they enjoy a mud bath to stay cool in summer. They live alone, and may have up to 15 burrows dug out for itself within a 10 mile range.
Aside from humans, armadillos are the only animal to be carriers of leprosy. They have poor eyesight but a terrific sense of smell which aids in their bug hunts. Jake might like to have a plush armadillo in his stocking rather than a hedgie this year.