In recent years armadillos have become a much more common sight in Missouri & Illinois. There is much debate over whether or not armadillos should be considered native or exotic species, but in the end, they are here and they seem to be staying. There are twenty different types of armadillos, but the only one that we see here in the Midwest is the nine banded armadillo.
Well known in Texas and Mexico, the armadillo survives by sleeping up to 16 hours per day, then at night foraging for bugs, worms, slugs, frogs and lizards but they will also take advantage of road kill that no one else has claimed for an easy meal. Armadillos can smell their food through 8 inches of soil and they have sticky fly-paper type tongues that help them with catching prey and holding on to it. In fact, armadillos should be a welcome visitor in the Midwest considering some of the very cool attributes this animal has to its credit.