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Do Armadillos Bite People or Pets?

Armadillos do bite, and they can bite hard. They have very strong jaws and their teeth are designed to eat insects.

When they eat, they don’t chew their food. Instead, they grind up their prey with their molars, which are not flat like human teeth. This allows them to eat their prey whole.


They have two sets of teeth. The first set has 4 primary incisors, which are very long and tough. The other set has 8 molars and 4 premolars.

They also have 4 front incisors, which are there to help them scrape the bark off of trees when they are looking for insects. The incisors are used for digging and the molars are used for grinding.


Can Armadillos Hurt People?

They are generally not aggressive animals, but they can cause a lot of pain. They can bite if they feel cornered or threatened. Although they have very sharp teeth, they do not have the jaw strength to bite through things.


They usually will only bite when they feel threatened. Their teeth are not strong enough to bite through a thick piece of clothing. However, they can bite through thin skin and may cause a lot of pain and bleeding.


Armadillos can be hosts to various parasites, including tapeworms, ticks, fleas, and lice. They can also carry leprosy and tuberculosis.


Can Armadillos Hurt Your Pets?

They mainly attack when they feel cornered. They can chase dogs and cats, or bite them. However, they are usually not a threat to pets. Armadillos usually avoid contact with them.



What Do Armadillos Eat?

Armadillos are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They eat small animals such as insects and worms, in addition to fruits, vegetables, and roots. They particularly enjoy scavenging through trash cans and can often be found rummaging through human garbage. Some of the typical things that armadillos eat include:


  • Insects
  • Worms
  • Roots
  • Plants
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables


Armadillos have also been known to eat small animals such as mice, birds, and snakes!


Are Armadillos Good For Your Yard?

Armadillos dig up your yard and garden! However, they will eat grubs, worms, beetles, and other insects, so they are beneficial pest keepers. But, they are also detrimental in that their burrowing will create divots in the yard and garden, and they will get under your house or deck, and create a mess.


Some people have had their houses completely destroyed by Armadillos because of their burrowing, so they are not a good thing to have around. They are also a problem because they will eat your plants. If you have plants, shrubs, or trees that are close to your house, they can cause a lot of damage.


Armadillos have also caused a lot of destruction in the parks and zoos they are in. They will dig up plants and destroy them.



Do Armadillos Dig Holes?

Yes! And armadillo holes are unlike any other tunnel from other animals.


They are more like vertical tubes. Armadillos dig these holes in order to burrow underground. They are able to dig these holes because of their strong front claws. The claws are used to dig the soil and break it up. The front claws are also used to pull the soil back down the hole. Armadillos also use their strong, long front claws to dig for insects as well.


Armadillos do not move dirt in order to make a deep burrow, rather, they dig a vertical hole that is as shallow as possible. Armadillos will usually dig their burrows under objects such as plants and rocks. They do this so that the only area that they have to protect is the small area around their burrow. When an armadillo burrows, they usually dig one burrow to live in and one tunnel to use for foraging.


Armadillos are very protective of their burrows. They will fight any animal that comes near their burrows, so be careful.


How To Keep Armadillos Away

Armadillos are attracted to your yard because of the plants you have growing, they tend to dig up your yard and gardens. They also carry diseases, so you want to keep them away. One way to do this is to use a repellent. There are many repellents available from home and garden stores.


Another way to keep armadillos away is to fence off the area. You can try fencing in the yard with metal fencing or chicken wire. If you have a garden, you can surround it with chicken wire or metal fencing.


You can also use lights or sound. Armadillos are nocturnal, so they are most active at night. If you put lights on a timer, you can get armadillos to leave. They do not like bright lights.


Tip: When you are getting ready to go out, do not leave your pet’s food outside. This is a big attraction for armadillos. You can also put the food in a container or in a garage.


Fun Facts

  • Armadillos have a very poor sense of smell, and they rely on their sense of sight and hearing to find food. They are also very good swimmers, and they can remain submerged for as much as five minutes.
  • Armadillos are the only living mammal with a shell.
  • They are the heaviest living insectivores.
  • The word armadillo means “little armored one”.
  • Armadillos have four toes on each foot, with a small, claw-like appendage called a “cleithrum” on the inner side of each ankle.
  • Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
  • Armadillos are nocturnal.

Armadillos are small mammals with a shell. They tend to dig holes in gardens and yards. Armadillos eat almost any kind of food but prefer grubs, ants, termites, and other insects. They can carry diseases, so be careful.

They do bite so keep a safe distance.