Many things come to mind at the mention of the word “Texas”…Cowboys, Longhorns, oil, to mention a few. Another one is the armadillo. The armadillo has immortalized in print, folklore, TV commercials and even song (see “London Homesick Blues”). I know all my friends in Texas have seen an armadillo at one time or another. Most likely as a “hillbilly speed bump”, or roadkill, laying on its back, arms out-stretched possibly with a longneck beer bottle in its grasp. There is even a Armadillo World Headquarters  in Austin ! So the next time you see an armadillo (Spanish for “little armored one”), grab a Lone Star Longneck and crank up some “London Homesick Blues” (I wanna go home with the armadillaaaaaaaaa”) and salute our little 9-banded friend, the armadillo.

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