Do Armadillos Really Always Bear Quadruplets?

One species of armadillos always bears quadruplets, which are all identical and are the result of a single fertilized egg. The nine-banded armadillo, named for the number of tough scaled bands on its outer coating, is the only one of the approximately 20 species of armadillos that lives in the US and is the main type that gives birth only to quadruplets. Other armadillo litters might range from one to 12 offspring and are not necessarily identical multiples. Mating for the nine-banded armadillo generally occurs in late summer or early autumn, and the quadruplets are born in the spring.

More about armadillos:

  • Armadillos show fear by stopping in their tracks and jumping straight into the air, reaching heights of as much as 4 feet (1.22 m).

  • Humans have been known to eat armadillo as a cheaper meat source; in fact, during the Great Depression, some Americans referred to armadillo meat as "Hoover hog" after US President Herbert Hoover, whom they blamed for the economic crisis.

  • Armadillos live in burrows that are 5 feet (1.5 m) deep and have as many as 12 points of entry.
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@Hazali - You definitely won't find any armadillos in Illinois. More than likely, you'll find them in places where it's really hot, such as Texas for example.


Just wondering, but where do armadillos normally live? I've never seen them in my area, Illinois.


Considering what the second bullet point states, it kind of makes me wonder how armadillo tastes, cheap? Though I can't be certain, I'm assuming that's the case, especially considering how it was supposed to be a cheaper meat source. Well, I just learned something new about the Great Depression.

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