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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — If you’ve seen a nine-banded armadillo lately, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission would like a word with you.

The commission is asking the public to help document observations of nine-banded armadillos as they expand their range in the state.

Nine-banded armadillos are about the size of a house cat or opossum and it has a gray to brownish-gray body with narrow, jointed armor bands on its midsection. They feed primarily on invertebrates, including insects, snails and earthworms.

The first confirmed armadillo sighting in North Carolina occurred in 2008. The commission allows armadillos to be hunted year-round with no bag limit. Armadillos can be trapped during the regulated trapping season.

The public may report observations of armadillos by contacting Extension Wildlife Biologist Ann May at (919) 707-0068.

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  • SurfCityTom

    do they not carry leprosy? They warn you all throughout Alabama to avoid them as they do carry a communicable disease.

    These are not some type of pet for playing. They do not spread it through biting. It’s carried on their shells I believe.

    Word to the wise — do not handle.

  • Ron

    Tom, you are right. Scientist have found the link between armadillos and leprosy amongst people. They do carry it on the shell of the animal. They say to avoid these animals at all costs. And if you come in contact with the animal and touch it to be checked by a Dr. as 3 antibiotics can prevent the leprosy. Definitely not worth it.

  • Guest 038875

    that unprotected armadillo sex is dangerous?

  • Guestomfg

    15 percent of armadillos are infected in some places, such as Texas. Do not to touch, handle, or eat the animals and steer clear of souvenirs made from armadillo carcasses. Just to be safe.

  • beachguy

    These invaders are non native invasive species as are coyotes and the ever present feral hog notice I did not say “boar” there is a big difference in the two. All these three invaders are extremely detrimental to the indigenous wildlife as the coyotes will kill and eat almost anything including grey foxes, turkeys (eggs and poults), quail, bob cats ,bear cubs (if Mom Is not around) and your small dog or house cat. The feral hogs cause habitat destruction and also will eat anything including fawns and anything else they can root around and find.
    The State needs to place a bounty on these varmints and reward people for taking the time and effort to get rid of these damn things. It would at least pay for your gas and ammo to go out there and find these invaders and remove them from the equation, I am not particularly blood thirsty but if we do nothing ..nothing will be done.
    I do not want to see north Carolina go the way of south Florida with the highest number of invasive species in the Country

  • Mr.T

    Local residents in the Surf City community had a confirmed sighting, They named him Tom!!

  • SurfCityTom

    that’s so humorous.

    You make jokes about an animal which can transmit leprosy.

    Perhaps its already spread to you.

    Some things are laughable.

    You sir are a witless wonder with no sense of right or wrong.

  • Guest-o-matic

    They’re named Woody White and clan. They were last spotted at the NHC commissioners office…

  • SurfCityTom

    now I have to wonder why the State Biologist did not include some type of warning. Perhaps another sub-par state employee who needs to go. Or perhaps she is promoting a new form of population control.

  • Mr.T

    According to Donald W. Hawthorne, Deputy Administrator with USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, Armadillos can be infected by the bacteria Leprae.
    Leprae is the causative agent of Leprosy. However no proof of infection to humans has ever been determined. Armodillos are considered a common food source to humans in many countries and said to taste much like pork! Warning! should a heard of Armadillos be seen crossing your yard, shoot one, handle with gloves and BBQ to well done. Try Wells BBQ Sauce if meat is dry.

  • Toothless Tom

    Do be messin with the food source of these redneck hillbillies from around these parts!!!
    No Welfare!
    No Unemployment!
    No Free Cheese!
    Now No More Eatin Armadillas!!!!
    Thank you obamacare….

  • Sorry Tom, but that was kinda funny! LOL

  • ChefnSurf

    … it could have been named T-Ball.

    Oh well …. wishful thinking ….

  • SurfCityTom

    humor at my expense. But given the potential for spreading of leprosy to humans through contact with armadillos, I think another topic could have been found for poor humor.

  • Hunter

    Saw one today on 540 near Brier Creek in Raleigh.

  • Joanne Hensch

    January 14, 2014, My husband & I were driving from Cove Creek parking lot in Pisgah Forest & were heading towards the fish hatchery on forest service road #475. Approaching the curve at Rockhouse creek we sighted an armadillo in disbelief along side the road. When we stopped the car to get a picture, he/ she scurried down the embankment.

  • Robin Bernabe

    It is Oct.28,2014 we live in Brunswick Co.NC across the waterway from Holden Beach. About three weeks ago around 6:30am we seen two armadillos Crossing the road right by our house. I thought I was seeing things or going crazy.. Seeing a Armadilla in this area. But sure enough there they was.


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