the United States, the sole resident armadillo
is the Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
which is most common in the central southernmost
states, particularly Texas. Their range
is as far east as South Carolina and Florida
and as far north as Nebraska; they have
been consistently expanding their range
over the last century due to a lack of natural
predators. Armadillos are prolific diggers.
Many species use their sharp claws to dig
for food, such as grubs, and to dig dens.
The Nine-banded Armadillo prefers to build
burrows in moist soil near the creeks, streams,
and arroyos around which it lives and feeds.
The diet of different armadillo species
varies, but consists mainly of insects,
grubs, and other invertebrates. Some species,
however, are almost entirely formicivorous
(feeding mainly on ants).