Armadillo Landlubbers

The Foxy Armadillos

This daredevil armadillo adventure generates pirate talk about Little Ray's seafaring books for children. Cannon-ball-sized armadillos are anything but boring landlubbers.

Riveting action and alien-looking creatures turn child play into an opportunity to exercise true heroism. Armadillos mostly appear at night. They are not from another galaxy.

Fast moves and group efforts save a farm family's home and bring friends up to speed with this unusual animal. Animals teach life skills and lessons in adaptability.

There's no need to crash like Foxy Armadillos to learn slight changes can make huge differences. Meet these amazing creatures so you will recognize them when you see them sashaying in the water.

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Meet These Unusual Creatures

Few people get to see these creatures of the night. Night watches also would be wasted on Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises sleep at night.

Land-dwelling armadillos are mammals, like whales, porpoises, and dolphins. They have lungs. They nurse their babies. They may look bald, but they all have hair during part or all of their lifetime.

Cartilaginous fish have no bones. Stingrays, rays, and sharks are made of cartilage. Armadillos have less cartilage than shark family members. It binds parts together and facilitates bends and moves.

Most fish use inside swim bladders to go up or down. Armadillos sink or float with stomach and intestine gas. Water-going armadillos hold their breath for six minutes. People may last for two.

Babies in a litter are of the same sex. They are called “pups”, like baby rays and sharks. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises have “calves”. At birth, the pups' armor is soft, like baby stingrays' stingers.

Nine-banded females produce one egg. It splits into four babies. As with sharks, birth can be put on hold. Delaying delivery can maximize their pups' survival.

Like sharks, non-picky armadillos eat tasty morsels, dead or alive. They eat plants and animals. Some sharks also dine on plants. When these marauders go after food, items of beauty may get destroyed.

Armadillos are fast on their feet. Like members of the ray family, they prefer to flee. Why hide or curl up like balls? They move faster than most rays. Their speed bursts rival some sharks.

Long noses and trumpet-like ears do their navigating. Armadillos also have wiry hairs on their sides and bellies to feel their way around objects in the dark. Some people call these "curb feelers".

Rolled up, three-banded species are small-caliber, bullet-proof strong. Whale Sharks are similarly protected with their six-inch-thick skin. These survivors may deflect bullets.

It is hard to trap these animals. No bait has been proven successful at luring armadillos. Their large claws break out of traps. Since they don't make good pets, pirates keep parrots.

Backbones and skeletons give them shape and protect inside body parts. Dolphins, porpoises and whales have bones. Most fish have bones. Stingrays, rays and sharks have cartilage skeletal structures.

Armadillo Video

This reading video cracks open the grit behind a foxy armadillo ambush. Few of the words, but all of the animations, were developed from illustrations in the book. (47 seconds)

Transcript

“Ideas come while playing, when our minds are straying, while in a friendly group, or away from our troop. Great things start out as fun, then get used by everyone. When we keep an open mind, great things are ours to find.”