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Re: more armadillo facts


Armadillos originally came from Mexico and their migration has followed that
of people in Texas and throughout the south.  They are one of the handful of
mammals that seem to thrive on human existence.  Very perisitant little
critters.

DF

cathy carpenter wrote:

> Actually, were it not for the humble armadillo, we would never have
> developed  the treatments for the disease we now have. (It is about the
> only way the bacilli can be cultured.) And leprosy, by the way is pretty
> hard to catch - it is barely contagious, unlike its cousin,
> tuberculosis. It is feared because of the biblical references - most of
> which referred to conditions other than leprosy - and because in pre
> effective treatment days, its lepromatous form was very disfiguring. I
> spent a day on Molokai's Kalaupapa Penninsula as a guest of the folks
> still living there. The way they were treated in the old days was truly
> shameful.
> Cathy
> On Sunday, February 23, 2003, at 02:17 PM, Jesse Bell wrote:
>
> > I don't know about the jumping part Cathy...but when I lived in New
> > Orleans...we had one that was tearing up our yard.  I walked out the
> > front door one night and he was in the middle of the driveway.  I ran
> > after him, making all kinds of racket and yelling, thinking he would be
> > scared and leave.  To my surprise...and horror...he came running after
> > me.  It seems they are attracted to noises and light.  I won't touch
> > one though because they are known carriers of leprosy.
> >
> >
> >
> > Jesse Rene' Bell
> > Claremore, OK
> > Zone 6
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> From: cathy carpenter <cathyc@rnet.com>
> >> Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT]Clerodendrum  trichotomum  was: Theresa's pics
> >> Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 12:33:34 -0600
> >>
> >> I understand (not that we have any in my neck of the woods) that an
> >> armadillo behavior that contributes to their tendency to become
> >> roadkill is - when in a road, and seeing an approaching car, instead
> >> of freezing, they leap straight into the air. Does anyone with greater
> >> familiarity with the habits of the armadillo know if this is true...or
> >> urban myth?
> >> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
> >> On Saturday, February 22, 2003, at 08:42 PM, Zemuly@aol.com wrote:
> >>
> >>> In a message dated 02/22/2003 6:26:39 PM Central Standard Time,
> >>> gardenqueen@gbronline.com writes:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>> Armadillos?  In Tennessee??  Wow.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>> I must admit one hardly ever sees any live ones. They must do their
> >>> digging
> >>> at night, then burrow during the day. They seem to be the favorite
> >>> road kill,
> >>> though. <LOL> The word is they all walked over the I-10 bridge at New
> >>> Orleans.
> >>>
> >>> zem
> >>> zone 7
> >>> West TN
> >>>
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