Why Are Armadillos the Most Common Roadkill In the United States When They Have Armor To Protect Them?

Armadillos are small placental mammals that can be found throughout the Americas.

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Unfortunately, most of the armadillo’s defenses are completely unsuitable for dealing with cars.

One of its strategies is to roll up into a protective ball completely surrounded by its armor, which can save it from a variety of natural things, but not an SUV.

Another response is to dig straight into the ground, which it can do with remarkable speed in almost any soil type, but not, unfortunately, blacktop.

Still another strategy is to leap straight up into the air, which doesn’t save the armadillo, but at least gives it the small victory of making a wicked dent in a car’s front grill.

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1 thought on “Why Are Armadillos the Most Common Roadkill In the United States When They Have Armor To Protect Them?”

  1. Parody of George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning”

    Armadillo I’m mourning
    Died in San Antone
    Everything that you got
    Is just spread around
    Son jumped high in the Texas sky
    You were bucking when my car did scare
    Armadillo I’m mourning
    Armadillo I do care

    Used for a saddle in Houston
    Broke your plate in Santa Fe
    Picked up New World leprosy somewhere along the way
    Your mate is great
    She gave birth to eight
    Though I know they’re all born blind
    Armadillo I’m mourning
    Armadillo’s on my mind

    Armadillo I’m mourning
    Died in San Antone
    Everything that you got
    Is just spread around
    I ain’t got a dime to pay no roadkill fine
    For makin’ your soul go free
    Armadillo I’m mourning
    Armadillo just let me be

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