North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Armadillo, Nine-banded

Scientific Name: Dasypus novemcinctus
Classification: Game
Abundance: Uncommon

     
 

The nine-banded armadillo is a medium-sized mammal that is native to South America. It has slowly expanded its range north to include parts of North Carolina (map of confirmed sightings in North Carolina). It is a solitary, mainly nocturnal (active at night) animal and lives in a variety of habitats. It is an insectivore, feeding mainly on ants, termites and other small invertebrates.

The nine-banded armadillo is considered a small game species with no closed season or bag limit.

Armadillo hunting regulations (PDF)

Armadillo trapping regulations (PDF)