06.09.2004 - I captured this small armadillo by hand. I was at an armadillo trapping job, when I noticed this dillo scurrying through the underbrush. I
chased after it, and despite its attempts to escape via short and quick erratic hops, I was able to get my hands around it and pick it up. I don't think I would
have been able to do so if this were an adult armadillo. The young ones have a softer, more flexible shell, as you can see in the above photo. Adult armadillos
have much harder shells, and thus are hard to hold. In addition, adult armadillos are much heavier and stronger and faster. Luckily, capture by hand is not the
usual or preferred method for armadillo removal. I usually just set traps, and trap and remove the critters. In fact, it's very rare to even spot an armadillo
during the day, because they sleep most of the time, and they are primarily nocturnal. If you do see one, it's probably nearby one of its many burrows, so it
will likely make an escape before you can even get near it. However, I was able to catch this little guy.
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What Would Be The Best Place To Release A Armadillo? - Choosing the right location to release an armadillo that has been caught in a cage trap is an important part of the process, and it is always worth considering the surroundings before releasing the animal. One of the first things to consider when finding the best place to release the animal is the natural habitat, and where possible it is best to release an armadillo into a swampy or woodland area. It is these locations that offer the access to the kind of ground cover that gives the best chance of survival, and armadillos are much more suited to these habitats than urban areas.
Another factor to consider when choosing where to release an armadillo is whether or not the location is close to other domestic properties, as this can often mean the animal will quickly become someone else?s problem. It is also worth taking the animal at least five miles away from where it has been caught to make sure that it doesn?t return to its old burrow. One fact worth noting is that armadillos can release a pungent musk when they are threatened or nervous, so it is best to use a truck when carrying the live animal where possible.
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When You See Armadillos In The Middle Of The Day - There are a number of different reasons that people can see an armadillo during daylight hours, but generally armadillos are nocturnal animals that will prefer to spend the daytime sleeping and resting in their burrow. For many armadillos that live in woodland areas they will often simply dig their way down into a pile of dry leaves or similar ground cover, and if they are disturbed during daylight hours they may move away to find a different place to sleep. This is one situation in which it is possible for people to see an armadillo in the daytime.
Another situation in which it can be possible to see an armadillo during the day is when it is a female looking for food to feed her young, and this will often overcome the natural nocturnal instinct. It is also possible for armadillos to become active during the day if they are ill or have been injured by another animal, and they may also be disorientated or act in an unusual way in this case. Whatever the reason that you see the armadillo, if it seems uninjured and healthy then it is best to ignore it and allow it to continue without disturbing it.
Trapping armadillos is an effective way of getting them off a property. We consider the different steps and processes involved in trapping armadillos in this article. This article also has tips for the successful trapping of the critters.
Armadillos can grow to be quite large. Thus, the use of an appropriately sized cage is important for trapping an armadillo. A trap with a height of 12 inches and a width of 10 inches should be suitable for the critters. The durability of the trap should also be noted, as the trap should be able to hold the trapped animal properly.
Placing traps for armadillos
Proper placement of the armadillo trap is another important determinant with the efficiency of the traps. The critters are burrowing animals, and they make a lot of burrows within a small area. The burrows include escape and nesting burrows. Although nesting burrows are visited more frequently than escape burrows, both types of burrows can be used for trap placement. Place the trap close to the burrows in the natural pathway of the critters. This is so that the critters can encounter the traps and enter them while going about their everyday activities.
Baits for armadillos
The food an animal consumes usually makes for great bait. Thus, for a lot of animals, their favorite foods are used as baits for trapping them. However, this is not suitable for armadillos. The critters feed on worms and other creatures freshly dug from the soil. Since armadillos dig the soil to find their food, they will not be interested in whatever food they find in a trap as bait. Thus, there are not exactly any effective baits for capturing these critters. Placing items to serve as bait in an armadillo trap may only attract other non-target animals and disrupt the efforts to catch the critters.
After trapping the critters, the next step should be to relocate them. You can put the trap and the animal in a cage and drive a suitable distance away from your home before relocating them. The local authorities will provide specific information about relocating trapped armadillos.
Tips for trapping armadillos
Having covered the basics for trapping the critters, let's cover some tips for effective trapping.
Build a walkway
A walkway can lead the critters to the trap and encourage effective trapping. Such a walkway can be built with wood and durable netting.
Set the trap flat
Setting the trap flat also helps with encouraging armadillos to enter. Place the trap on a flat surface and ensure that it does not wobble. Laying debris on the floor of the trap is another useful tip commonly applied for trapping the critters.
Before trapping the critters, you should find out what the local laws say about trapping and releasing them. Although there is a general rule that armadillos should be relocated at least 2 miles away, you should also check with the authorities for any regulations specific to your location. Trapping armadillos involves getting the right trap, placing and setting it properly, and applying measures to encourage the critters to enter the trap. All processes should be in line with local regulations.