Aug 1, 2022 - News

Armadillo sightings are increasing in Virginia

Armadillo Animal In The Grass In Texas, Scared. (Photo By: MyLoupe/UIG Via Getty Images)
An armadillo. Photo: MyLoupe/UIG Via Getty Images

Armadillos are scurrying up the coast and into Virginia, according to Cardinal News.

What’s happening: Regular sightings began around 2010, per the Southwest Virginia-based nonprofit newsroom.

  • The critters, typically associated with Texas, were most recently reported in Pulaski, Montgomery and Wise counties.
  • The northernmost sighting to date was in Roanoke last summer.

Be smart: Armadillos have been slowly marching northward for centuries, the publication reports.

  • They made it to Texas in the 1840s, were pushing into Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama by the 1970s, and they’re now well established as close as North Carolina.

What’s next: There’s debate about how far north armadillos can survive, with Pennsylvania floated as a possible upper boundary, experts told Cardinal News.

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