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 The Pet Armadillo is a members-only land pet that was first announced as a choice for the 2015...
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As a general rule, armadillos do not make good pets. This is the case for many reasons, including a few serious ones. It is illegal to own an armadillo in many states, though they may be kept with a permit. Most worryingly, a New York Times report claims that it is possible for armadillos to transmit leprosy to people.
The Pet Armadillo is a members-only land pet that was first announced as a choice for the 2015...
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Armadillos are generally rare when it comes to housing in captivity. Very few people know exactly what is needed and on top of that the state laws of some places restrict keeping one as a pet. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to check with the local authorities. In some states such as Maine and Hawaii, it is categorically stated that armadillos should not be owned as pets. The Pet Armadillo is a members-only land pet that was first announced as a choice for the 2015...
Photo provided by FlickrThe Pet Armadillo is a members-only land pet that was first announced as a choice for the 2015...
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Before you learn what to feed your little pet you should know that armadillos have a really slow metabolism. This basically translates to lower food intake. In fact when an armadillo overeats it may suffer critical gastric distress if it does not die. Therefore, when you are feeding an armadillo, make sure you are not force feeding it. The nursing armadillos obviously do not eat the same thing as the adults.For adult armadillos moist canned food is the way to go. Armadillos do not have very complex dental formula. Their teeth are few and not designed to tackle hard foods. This is why soft food is always good for your pet. This is supplemented by the armadillo’s natural food. They are fond of worms, insects and vegetation. When you supplement the diet of your pet armadillo with the likes of bait worms, ants, lettuce and fruit you will train your pet to forage on their own.This is one of the main concerns that pet owners have in areas where there are armadillos. It is very uncommon to have a cat or dog get infected with leprosy. However, there have been leprosy cases reported for both cats and dogs. The animals that get affected will usually develop some kind of nodules under or in the skin. This is associated with the bacteria that are located in the cells.I've received numerous requests over the years for armadillo specimens to be donated as pets. The problem is that this animal isn't really suitable as a pet. At least, I don't think it is. While the demeanor of the dillo is just fine and dandy and docile, the problem is that they require a certain type of habitat and food source that can't be easily replicated. They maintain a large home range with multiple underground burrows, and they dig all of their food out of the ground. I don't think that there's any kind of surface food that they'll eat. Otherwise, I'd have used it all these years as armadillo bait.Armadillos like all other animals are prone to various illnesses. Shocking as this might sound, armadillos can contract leprosy and transfer it to human beings. Veterinary care is therefore very important in such a case to prevent such infections and others from harming your armadillo. Secondly, the place you keep your pet should be conducive. Armadillos are small animals. They look clumsy in their protective armor. They are prolific diggers, swimmers and runners. They can swim under water and they are able to hold breathe for over six minutes. They have the snouts that look that of pigs with long tongue that they use while digging to get food. Even if the armadillos may have poor eyesight they have a good smell that can make up for their eyesight.

There are many diseases that are associated with armadillos. They can carry the mycobacterium leprae known to cause leprosy. The armadillos can transmit the leprosy when they attack using their claws. They can carry the rabies and it is the disease known to paralyze any animal that it has affected including the humans. The rabies can only be transmitted through the bites by armadillos but because they bite rarely and it does not have too much risk for humans and pets when it comes to the rabies. The armadillos can also affect the animal with the tapeworms. They are also known to carry salmonella which can be transmitted through fecal matter.