Armadillos as Pets

You want a pet armadillo?

I do not condone the keeping of armadillos, or any other wild animal, as a pet. Although armadillos do not appear to show any outward signs of stress in captivity, under the wrong circumstances they can become aggressive, or succumb to the same boredom or health problems that afflict many captive animals. Also, armadillos would probably not make an ideal pet for most people to begin with. They are nocturnal, and would be sleeping when you are awake. At night, they will wake up and forage. If kept inside, this means they will wander around your home, bumping into (and knocking over!) things, and generally making noise while you are trying to sleep. Armadillos also have a musky smell that some people dislike. Although they have been kept as pets in the past, the reviews are mixed — some people like them, others find the odor and habits of the animal to be unpleasant. In some parts of South America, they are kept as pets — pets which are occasionally eaten.

If you are still sure that you want a pet armadillo, I remind you again that they are wild animals. Many state or local governments place restrictions on the keeping of wild animals. It may be illegal for you to take an armadillo into your home, or to hold it in captivity. Please check with all pertinent state and local officials before trying to house an armadillo. If you have legal permission to house an armadillo, and you have obtained your animal from an ethical supplier, then I wish you good luck with your new friend. For care and feeding information, please refer to the Armadillo Care page.

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