Armadillos in Kansas?

Armadillo[1][1]I hesitated to post this so soon aftwe fnord’s excellent Kennedy post [I will see if I can back date it], but on North Oliver a little south of 29th Street North, yesterday, I saw an Armadillo who had been on the unfortunate receiving end of some contact with a motor vehicle.  I had heard that Armadillos were showing up in Kansas, but this one was the first one I’d seen ino our state.

I wonder if them showing up here is in some way a reflection of global warming?  What do you bloggers think?

An interesting bit of trivia, all Armadillo litters of babies are made up identical quadruplets.  This is supposed to be some sort of selective advantage, though I am not recalling what that was.  Anyone else know?

A bit of advice I’ve heard: it is a good idea to not drive over an Armadillo if you can avoid it.  They jump up and can really wreak havic on a car’s undercarriage.

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15 responses to “Armadillos in Kansas?

  1. Good. You can back-date your posts – which effects the order they show up.

    I used to go stay with my grandmother in Texas during the summer and there were many Armadillos around where she lived. They were considered nuisances by the locals – they would dig holes where cattle or horses could fall in and break their legs.

    I would go visit my grandmother by riding the Texas Chief – a train. It was a neat way to travel.

  2. wicked

    Well, crud. I closed my browser by accident while replying. Can say ditz?

    It’s been within the last 20 years, but I don’t remember exactly when. There was a dead armadillo in the road in at the farm in front of the house. Yes, in Kansas! Sedgwick county, no less. 🙂 It doesn’t surprise me to know there have been other sightings. Armadillos have been moving into Oklahoma for some time, so with all this climate change (yes, I said it!), moving into Kansas sounds normal.

    I once petted a baby armadillo at the zoo in Dallas. They aren’t the most cuddly of animals. 😉

    ‘Possums (opossums) are another varmint I hear you don’t want to run over. They’re greasy.

    Oh, and armadillos are FAST! And they climb trees!

  3. lilacluvr

    I’ve seen a few and it has been within the past few years. My first one I saw was crossing the country road and I couldn’t believe it at first.

    Why are they in Kansas?

    Maybe they are like the Dixie Chicks and they were ashamed to be from the same state that gave us GWB?

  4. “Maybe they are like the Dixie Chicks and they were ashamed to be from the same state that gave us GWB?”

    Ha! There may be quite the Exodus now that GWB is back in Dallas.

  5. South Eastern Kansas has a bunch. Quite popular as road kill. Before 54/400 went all they way to Missouri, I took back roads and the critters were very common.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    It would have been in the mid-seventies the first time I saw an Armadillo on South Seneca. No one believed me at the time. I can attest to don’t drive over one, while on patrol in OKLA, one ran out in front of the patrol car one night. I am not kidding the right side of the car leaped into the air at least two feet. There is no give with a Armadillo! I stopped and looked back and it looked more like that Armadillo had been drinking instead of having been hit by a car! It stumbled across the street and disappeared.

    They are not the only animals migrating North, you will be seeing Tarantulas and yeah this one scares me.
    the Large Rattle snakes like the Diamond backs.

  7. tosmarttobegop

    A short distance to the South from where I live they are having problems with Copperheads and rattle snakes.

  8. tosmarttobegop

    God only knows how much snakes bother me!

  9. I was born in Watonga, Oklahoma, county seat of Blaine County where Roman Nose State Park is located. The annual rattle snake hunt the town of Okeene has made popular is held in the state park. My Grandma lived on the outskirts of Watonga and she always warned us to be very careful around the time of the rattle snake hunts. The snakes left the hills where the hunters were and came almost into town, often appearing at her house.

    Grandma had an old-fashioned cellar out back. The kind that was a dirt hole in the ground — no walls, just a few supports, and you opened a big heavy wooden door, walked down the dirt steps — it was cool down there. It’s where Grandma kept canned goods. But to retrieve canned goods in the heat of summer you had to be willing to possibly meet a snake who had crawled down there where it was nice and cool.

    Tarantulas scare me to death! I’ve been told they are actually not dangerous, and quite fragile. But they were also thick in Oklahoma and I have an uncle (Mom’s youngest brother) who is only six years older than me. He loved to scare me with those ugly big black spiders. And he always got the satisfaction of me being scared!

    Don’t let those big, fuzzy, scary black spiders come to Kansas!

  10. tosmarttobegop

    One night I got a call that a old woman had found a big Rattler on her back porch.
    LOL it took me damn near thirty minutes to travel that mile! I kept a bird shot shell with me for such things.
    I was walking with a 12 gage in one hand and a flashlight in the other. The snake was gone.

    We made a day trip to the Wichita mountains, the Tarantulas were migrating and the road in the park was covered with them. It was the weirdest sound as we drove over them, like we were driving over Chicken eggs. Ever so often Buffalos would block the road and everyone would check the windows to make sure none were able to crawl in.

  11. David B

    Absolutely. these critters are ranging much further north than 20 years ago. It’s an established fact.

  12. I frequently travel from Kansas City to New Mexico and have been seeing Armadillo roadkill for years on my way through southern and central Kansas. I DO believe it is global warming because also I have noticed more tumbleweeds in southcentral Kansas lately.

    Off the subject, the most exciting thing I ever saw on a trip back from New Mexico was in October 2005. Driving through Texas I saw my first-ever shooting star. (My husband turned the headlights off while we were travelling 65 mph on the highway in order for me to see one. It was the scariest and most spectacular thing I ever saw.) It was a wonderful anniversary present.

    THEN, somewhere between Wichita and Kansas City, in the wee hours of the morning when it was my turn to drive and everyone else was asleep–I saw a cougar standing in the tall grass by the side of the road. It’s eyes glowed in my headlights. It was AMAZING. (Though we all know that there are no mountain lions in Kansas, according to the experts.)

  13. G-stir

    That shooting star might have been Cheney coming back from home. ????