Armadillos are diggers. Like many burrowing animals, the Armadillo's diet consists mainly of insects. Depending on how many armadillo visitors you may have, this landscape visitor can uproot your carefully tended perennials and leave your lawn looking like Swiss cheese in search of a good meal overnight!
Nocturnal by nature the armadillo does most of his burrowing in the late evening, early morning and under the cover of darkness. This has been the woe of many a conscientious gardener who has gone to sleep one evening after working so diligently on their prized perennial bed and lawns only wake the following morning to find the plants uprooted and holes everywhere! That said, they are built for this very purpose. Short legs and strong claws aid in the digging process whether they are digging for food or for shelter.
The armadillo lives and forages mostly underground. Their burrows can be at lengths into the 20 feet range and depths approaching six (6) feet!
This nocturnal habit allows for the eyesight of the armadillo to be very poor; however, their sense of smell is very keen. If you are positioned downwind from one, he may not see you, but you can bet once a breeze comes through he will know you are there and proceed to run accordingly. And despite those short legs, he can run very, very fast over short distances.