More And More Armadillos Are Being Spotted Throughout South Carolina And Here’s What You Should Know

Heads up, fellow South Carolinians: We’re being overrun by Armadillos and as cute and curious as this armored mammal may be, they should be avoided at all costs – if only as a cautionary practice. Here’s what you should know about the armadillos taking over much of the state:

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In summary: first and foremost, not all armadillos carry Leprosy or Chagas Disease… but do you really want to take a chance just to inch a little closer to this curious creature for a better look or a photo? Avoiding getting too close is the best course of action.

The good news for dog owners is although dogs can contract Leprosy, it’s a different strain that’s very treatable and not contagious to humans. No known cases of the Leprosy found in armadillos and humans has been reported in our canine best friends. So don’t panic if you see your dog chasing down an armadillo.

Recognize the insect from the photo above? We spotted one in South Carolina two weeks ago! Learn more about the parasite transmitted by the kissing bug in this previous South Carolina article.

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