Other armadillo resources on the web
Due to the incredible number of pages online that mention armadillos, whether they be a mascot, a food item, or simply a name chosen because the critters are popular, I’ve decided to place only real, actual, armadillo information site links on this page. Pages that mention armadillos in passing, as a way to drag you into visiting the featured restaurant, school, tourist trap, etc, are not listed, unless they have one specific section devoted to armadillos. If there are a few pictures, some basic stats, and so on, the site passes the test. Click away, and see what the rest of the web has to say about armadillos.
Xenarthrans.org is the official website of the IUCN/SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group. This is probably the best site on the web for basic information on all species of armadillo, as well as their close relatives, anteaters and sloths. If you can’t find what you are looking for on my website, odds are you will find it here instead.
Beautiful Armadillo: Illinois State Museum page. Great drawings of an extinct armadillo, with a modern nine-banded one thrown in for scale. The beautiful armadillo was the last member of the genus Dasypus to live in the present-day United States prior to the reintroduction of the nine-banded armadillo in the 1800’s. Some notes on armadillo history in ancient Illinois. The article is short, but informational.
University of Michigan Animal Diversity Web: The animal diversity web links include ecological and statistical information on nearly every type of armadillo, or any animal for that matter! Many entries include pictures or sound clips. The information pages are written by students. Worth a good look, for armadillos or any other animal! If you don’t find the animal you are looking for on this website, you won’t likely be able to find much about it anywhere else. Some images and sound clips may be restricted based on your internet service provider, due to copyright agreements. If you are at an educational institution you should be able to view most or all of the content.
Wikipedia: The free online encyclopedia is a great resource for learning about armadillos, armadillo relatives, or nearly anything else. (Wikipedia is also a good place to look for pictures, as they are largely free for re-use so long as proper credit is given.)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Armadillo Fact Sheet: Two nice pictures, and some good armadillo information...would you do any less for your state mammal?
The Mammals of Texas — Online Edition: More information than the Parks and Wildlife page; This is a very good synopsis of the nine-banded armadillo. You will find lots of good information here.
Put On Your Armor: Put On Your Armor Against Drugs, Crime and Violence is a non-profit organization that uses the armadillo as a teaching tool to help kids stay away from harmful influences. Put On Your Armor has been educating children about the dangers of drugs and violence since 1981. They have some armadillo pictures and information, as well as information about their organization.
Links to pages about the armadillo’s closest relatives, sloths and anteaters, can be found on the Armadillo Relatives page.
Offline armadillo resources
Looking for armadillo information in print rather than in cyberspace? You can find a good deal of information on the Sources and Credits page. You may also be interested in the book ’Dillos. Roadkill on Extinction Highway?, written by William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D., a professor at Texas A&M University. This is a humorous but scientifically accurate book about the armadillo, from hard science to pop culture.