Referred to as pups, baby Nine-banded Armadillos almost always come in fours. The fertilized egg breaks into four identical zygotes, yielding quadruplets.
No adult was to be seen supervising this quartet of constant movement. They nurse for two to three months then gradually venture off on their own.
Insects, larvae and other food found on or in the ground make up the Armadillo’s diet.
This fellow shows off his claw and snout, the tools used to maximize his grazing.
Francis Beidler Forest, SC
July 9, 2022