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Armadillo? I say so.

Postby Matt » Thu May 03, 2007 9:26 am

Two years ago I was driving along the eastern side of 490 and something caught my eye. A small animal on a rolling hill adjacent to the road. I immediately noticed the animal was furless, had a segmented, armored body, and long snout. I'm no fool when it comes to identifying animals. I immediatley tried to wake my napping wife in the front seat. Armadillo! I yelled, but it was too late. We were long past.

To this day she mocks my Armadillo sighting.
But could I have seen one, in upstate NY?
How did it get here?

Apparently these things are like rats. The only thing that's keeping them from inhabiting NY is that they are slow and can't swim well.

This could have been an exotic pet, released into the wild?

Here is an interesting page on Armadillo reach
http://www.msu.edu/~nixonjos/armadillo/expansion.html
Note the map is from 1996
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Postby Brenda » Thu May 03, 2007 11:42 am

Okay, it's not bad enough that I have to keep an eye out for Opossum every time that I'm out on these country roads, but now I'm going to have to watch out for Armadillo too? :wink: I've heard they make quite a bump when you hit them!
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Postby ShanaD » Thu May 10, 2007 2:54 pm

IF he really saw and armadillo the only explaination could be that it was an exotic pet, released into the wild. Also, my husband is crazy.
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Postby Brenda » Thu May 10, 2007 3:23 pm

ShanaD wrote:Also, my husband is crazy.


I'm coming to believe that.
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Re: Armadillo? I say so.

Postby Kelly » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:40 am

Matt wrote:Two years ago I was driving along the eastern side of 490 and something caught my eye. A small animal on a rolling hill adjacent to the road. I immediately noticed the animal was furless, had a segmented, armored body, and long snout. I'm no fool when it comes to identifying animals. I immediatley tried to wake my napping wife in the front seat. Armadillo! I yelled, but it was too late. We were long past.

To this day she mocks my Armadillo sighting.
But could I have seen one, in upstate NY?
How did it get here?

Apparently these things are like rats. The only thing that's keeping them from inhabiting NY is that they are slow and can't swim well.

This could have been an exotic pet, released into the wild?

Here is an interesting page on Armadillo reach
http://www.msu.edu/~nixonjos/armadillo/expansion.html
Note the map is from 1996



Hmmmmm. 2005 you saw this? December? Could it have been.....?



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Re: Armadillo? I say so.

Postby Matt » Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:12 am

every time i drive past that area, i still hope to see my armadillo friend.
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Re: Armadillo? I say so.

Postby keithp » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:36 am

I always thought they cant handle the cold. I guess if Guinea Fowl from Africa can survive in New York than why not armadillo!
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Re: Armadillo? I say so.

Postby Matt » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:25 pm

My armadillo probably died the following winter, which explains why there are no more sightings.
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Re: Armadillo? I say so.

Postby Armadillobeliever » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:51 pm

You are not crazy. I feel your pain.

Just over two years ago our family was driving back from a family trip on route 90 east, in the Rochester NY area. It was raining and an animal crossed in front of the car. Immediatly I yelled out "armadillo!". My family in turn all began to mock me. I know what a raccoon is, and what an opossum is. I can't think of any animal that could look enough like an armidillo for me to be confused.

I know what I saw. There have been more scientific research saying that they think the 9 banded armadillo may expand as far as New York and as east as Mass.
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