13 May 2019

Three-banded armadillo


The word means "little armoured one" in Spanish.  Image via.

7 comments:

  1. A three-banded armadillo to be specific. The one that we see in the southern US is the nine-banded. It can't roll up into a ball like that. But it is cool in other ways, like always having identical quadruplets.

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    1. And I believe the quadruplets either ARE or ARE NOT susceptible to the leprosy bacterium. Trying to find a ref now ...

      Okay, can't find it. But there is this disturbing article:

      https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-humans-gave-leprosy-armadillos.html

      Lurker111

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    1. And also a reservoir for Chagas disease -

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3128127

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  3. I look at the hand holding the armadillo. Why am I thinking of a game of duckpins?

    Lurker111

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    1. I actually had a similar thought while writing the post. Haven't played duckpins since I lived in Massachusetts decades ago.

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