Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thursday 13

The other night I had this really bizarre dream. I actually frequently dream very vividly, and bizarrely, but this one had me scratching my head in wonder. It involved me doing a Thursday 13, about Armadillo's. So. Why not? Here are 13 random facts about Armadillos. I don't know why...

1. There are 20 different varieties of Armadillo.
2. 19 of those varieties live in Latin America. The 9 banded armadillo is the only one in the U.S.
3. Armadillo means "little armored one" in Spanish.
4. They are the only living mammals that wear bony plate shells
5. They are closely related to anteaters and sloths.
6. They can vary in size from 6 inches to 5 feet long.
7. They come in such colors as salmon, dark brown, black, red, grey, and "yellowish"
8. Only the tree banded armadillo can encase itself fully into its shell.
9. Cold weather can wipe out the entire population of Armadillo's because they have a low metabolic rate, and lack of fat storage.
10. Most of them sleep 16 hours a day.
11. They have very poor vision, and use their sense of smell to hunt.
12. They eat bugs, small vertebrates, plants, some fruits, and carrion.
13. If you eat one, it is said to taste "just like pork". (surprise, not chicken!)

and an extra fun fact? There is such thing as a "pink fairy armadillo". It is a threatened species...

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Anonymous said...

And they usually become speed bumps in Texas. I'll never forget the first time I hit one, and the only time. Scared the daylights out of me.

Daryl said...

I love that they 'come in colors' this makes a fashionista like me smile and wonder if I'd need to coordinate my accessories if I owned one of these odd little critters .. I would of course want a pink fairy one ...

CDB said...

Whoa.. so the dream was a premonition?! Crazy. Definitely never read this much about armadillos.

Bitter Sweet Moments said...

Definitely things I didn't know:) Happy Thursday!!

Susan Cook said...

Cool dream & list. I didn't know any of that about armadillos. thanks for sharing Happy TT!

sybil law said...

Fucking armadillos!!!
(Maybe you didn't know, but they give me the willies, big time. They remind me of big cockroaches, with that crunchy shell... Ew ew ew ew ew!)

Bubblewench said...

Why does this one just crack me up? Can't stop laughin!