The nine-banded armadillo is an odd-looking
mammal covered with armored plates, and is about the size of a cat.
Armadillos are not native to Florida, but are now common over most
of the state. Armadillos like forested or semi-open habitats with
loose textured soil that allows them to dig easily. They dig burrows
for homes or to escape predators. They eat many insects, or other
invertebrates, and some plants. They most often feed at night, and
have very poor eyesight.
Armadillos prolific rooting and burrowing can severely damage lawns
and flower-beds. To reduce armadillo damage to your lawn keep
watering and fertilization to a minimum. Moist soil and lush
vegetation bring earth worms and insect larvae (armadillo candy!) to
the surface of the soil. Armadillos can sometimes be enticed to move
by watering areas adjacent to the damage site. Armadillos can also
be excluded from small areas of extensive damage with fencing at
least 2 feet high and with bottom buried at least 18 inches deep.
It is lawful for a landowner to live-trap or humanely destroy
nuisance armadillos although they are difficult to capture with live
traps. Armadillos are not considered native to Florida and are,
therefore, illegal to transport and release.