So here we are again for my second Foto Friday...and this week I decide just to put some different pics together..I had to take a trip up to Colorado for a bit. A collage of different shots....First, I wanted to post one of the last Bass I have caught, most recent, I haven't been fishing lately with the trip and the temps outside, but I had to post one...lol..Second, the armadillos pic was one that I took back in Spring and this is the first time I posted it. Pretty neat little creatures. Nothing like standing on the bank and fishing and having two baby armadillos come up to you, sniffing your feet, these were the baby armadillos I had talked about in my previous foto article...The next three photos were of the trip I took to Colorado on the road. I was in a hurry, once I got up to Denver it was about 75 degrees, 8:30 pm and raining...lol..The next morning got back on the road and headed home, it was a quick trip..lol. The next pic was of a moth I had discovered one morning hanging around. What gets me about this pic is the fascinating colors and similarities of a plant...of course it is camouflage for the critter, but I thought it was cool looking and thought I would share it with you all. This is what I have this week for the Foto Friday tradition, again I would like to thank all those for talking me into doing this, as I enjoy it...I end this with some fun facts about those dillos everyone was asking about in the previous article:
Armadillos are omnivorous animals, mostly found in South Americaand central parts of the United States. There are 20 different breeds of armadillos and each breed is named according to its physical characteristics. Some of the breeds include the nine-banded armadillo, giant armadillo, large hairy armadillo, three-banded armadillo, pink fairy armadillo, six-banded armadillo, northern naked-tailed armadillo and pichi or dwarf armadillo. The smallest armadillo is the pink fairy armadillo, which is 6 inches in height and the largest one is the giant armadillo which can be 1.5 meters (5 ft.) in height. The average life expectancy of an armadillo is 12-15 years.
Armadillos are said to have evolved from huge, bony-shelled animals called glyptodon and panochthus. Comparatively, the present-day armadillo is a smaller creature, but it has retained the hard shell of its ancient counterparts. The name armadillo is a Spanish word which means "little armored one", because its shell looks like an armor, comprising of many small bones.
Armadillos have short legs, but they can move pretty fast in times of danger. Their outer shell helps them move faster in dense forests, without getting hurt.
The armadillo is believed to have the ability to roll into a ball when it senses any kind of danger. However, only three-banded armadillos can do this because the others are inflexible due to their hard covering. The nine-banded armadillo can jump 4 feet up in the air, if it is startled.
Armadillos can hold their breath underwater for almost six minutes and can swim across ponds and rivers. In water, the weight of their shell can easily make them sink, but interestingly, they do not. They are able to float on water by filling their lungs and stomach with air, which makes them swell to double their original size.
Armadillos have poor vision, but they a strong sense of smell. This enables them to sense food and predators from a distance. They also have a long and sticky tongue to grasp insects.
Well I appreciate everyone coming, I hope you enjoy...