Our relatively new neighbor

The nine-banded armadillo is the only armadillo species that can be found in Tennessee. The animal just found its way to the sate in the last 30 years and before that it was not a native species to North America. They can be found all throughout Tennessee except for in the eastern part of the state. Its closest relative is the anteater, which has a very similar body shape with a long tail and a long snout.

There are about 21 different species of armadillos living in South America, and the nine-banded armadillo is the only species that has migrated its way to North America. Armadillos are considered one of the most wide-ranging species in the world, with their range now expanded to southern parts of Illinois all the way down to the southern most point of Patagonia. One study suggests that not only has their migration range increased over the years, but the pace at which they are migrating has increased as well.

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Nine-Banded Armadillo

The Nine Banded Armadillo is an unusual looking animal and have only reached Tennessee in the last thirty years or so, but their range continues to expand.They occur across the state except in eastern Tennessee.

Its closest relative is the anteater, which has a similar shape; long tail and snout. Heavily armored, the only exposed skin is on the under belly, which is protected when the animal curls into a tight ball (when threatened). Read more

Summary: The nine-banded armadillo is the only armadillo species that can be found in Tennessee. The animal just found its way to the sate in the last 30 years.

Armadillos finding a happy home in Tennessee

Although 21 species of armadillos live in South America and never leave, one kind—the nine-banded armadillo— has made it all the way to the U.S., the only one to make it so far north. “They have a huge range, from as far north as southern Illinois all the way down to the tip of Patagonia.

They’re one of the most wide-ranging mammals on the planet,” says Tim Gaudin, senior associate department head in biology, geology and environmental science and an expert on armadillos, a branch of the Xenarthan group of mammals which also includes anteaters and sloths. See more

Summary: There are about 21 different species of armadillos living in South America, and the nine-banded armadillo is the only species that has migrated its way to North America. Armadillos are considered one of the most wide-ranging species in the world.