Beidler Forest Adopt an Armadillo Program

Introducing Beidler Forest's Adopt an Armadillo program! We have hundreds of armadillos that are in need of a good home. Nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) always have quadruplets, and until the local population of bobcats learn to flip them over they have no natural predators. Currently their population is blooming across the state and their northward reach is estimated to go as far as Pennsylvania in the upcoming decades. Armadillo's natural defenses includes their hard shell, their surprisingly spry agility, running into burrows, and wedging themselves into confined places. Right now we need your help finding each and every one of these lovable animals a good home capable of providing 24/7 care.

Requirements & Details:

  • Must be willing to take 4-6 Armadillos into your home
  • The average lifespan of the Nine-banded Armadillo is 12-15 years
  • These armadillos must be fed a strict allergen-free diet
  • These armadillos are not potty trained and cannot be potty trained
  • Armadillos should not be allowed outside unattended due to high tendency of vehicular depredation
  • Armadillos have an excellent sense of smell, they can smell 8 inches into the soil, and will find cheese no matter where you hide it in the house
  • Hiding mealy worms in your carpet is ideal, armadillos love to dig through carpet, this is a great family fun activity and provides enrichment for them!
  • Armadillos prefer around a dozen burrows, so be sure to hide cardboard boxes all over your house
  • If your armadillo is frightened and wedges itself in between the furniture do not attempt to pull it out, you're just going to have to wait a while
  • Armadillos need to be active from dusk til midnight, if they are deterred from being active during this time it increases their chances of becoming incontinent
  • Armadillos do NOT get along with skunks so consider this if you already have skunks
An armadillo climbs a small mound of dirt in pursuit of invertebrates.
Armadillos love to destroy any kind of earthen construction, if you have an outdoor enclosure be sure it's surrounded by concrete on all sides with a concrete floor underneath about 2' of dirt. Photo: Richard Covey
An armadillo faces you, it's head buried in the leaves. While its ears are raised, it's not likely to hear you over all the rustling it's making.
Better to just give up on having a carpet in your home and spread out a fresh layer of pine straw. Photo: Richard Covey
An Armadillo's hind foot, three tough claws with a little bit of fluff from under a hardened but flexible shell.
Just look at that foot. Oh my god. Photo: Richard Covey

How you can help, right now