An adult armadillo is tough to hold.

Customer Armadillo Email: Hey, I'm Lily and I live in Houston Texas, and I have a problem that I don't know what to do about. One day I let my small dog outback and he started barking at the ground and I went out to go see what he was barking at. It turns out that there is a hole in my back yard about 5-7 inches in diameter and I looked down inside of it and I could see that it curves to the left and I was trying to think of animals that it could be and I honestly can't think of any underground animals that are common in Houston. I'm worried that one day it's going to come out and maybe hurt my dog or me. I told my dad about it, but i don't want him to have to pay for animal control to come out if it's nothing to worry about. My dad also thought of filling the hole back up, but it would kill whatever it is that's in there and I don't like that ether. Would you happen to have any idea what is living in my backyard?

It's most likely an armadillo.

My Answer: That does sound like an armadillo, but don't worry, dillos are docile creatures, and they won't hurt you or your dog. All they'll do is dig up your yard!

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The Nine-Banded Armadillo is definitely an unusual creature. They are not native to anywhere in the United States. They were introduced from Central and South America. This nocturnal creature actually sleeps about 20 hours per day, inside a large burrow that it dug. It has several such burrows, and if you're concerned about dillos on your property, there's a good chance you've already noticed a big armadillo hole dug out near your house. This animal emerges at night and forages for insects, primarily underground earthworms and grubs. They can dig up a lot of dirt in one night, and you may have noticed your nice yard or landscaping dug full of small holes. There are many interesting facts regarding this mammal, such as the fact that mothers always give birth to quadruplets, so if you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Armadillos page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as dillos. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or armadillo control issues.

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