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rackmup
08-17-2002, 07:03 AM
Having lived in Texas just a short five months, the Armadillo has become an interesting animal to me:

Did you know?:

Armadillos have four babies at a time, always all the same sex. They are perfect quadruplets, the fertilized cell split into quarters, resulting in four identical armadillos. This would allow any armadillo family the opportunity to form an APA League team straight from birth!

Armadillos are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside.

Armadillos get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day.

Armadillos can walk underwater.

Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy. They are also the only animals that have a shell that is as hard as some aiming systems are to learn.

If disconnected, the sex organs of an armadillo are still active. John Bobbit should have been so lucky.

Most armadillos seen dead on the road did not get hit by the wheels. Check the bumper.

When an armadillo is frightened it jumps straight into the air. Again, check the bumper.

Armadillos can be housebroken. They can also clean, weave cute little baskets and fetch the morning paper and condition your shaft.

Armadillos have a very low need of oxygen. Even when burrowing they can stop breathing for 6 minutes by storing air in the trachea and wide bronchus.

The regulation of the body temperature of about 32C is a big problem. Armadillos don't survive long periods of frost, except the Fairy Armadillo that lives in Patagonia and hibernates (the Fairy Armadillo can be determined by it's pronounced lisp and limp handshake.)

The three-banded armadillo hardly digs a burrow; it protects itself by rolling up like a hedgehog. The only opening is covered by the shields of the head and the tail, so that even a dog can't open this ball. As the body fat would disturb while rolling up, the fat moved to the dorsal part of the animal during evolution. When it is in this balled-up position, it can be drawn the length of the table with a low, center-shell hit.

Regards,

Ken (educating the masses)