The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking people to report any sightings of both nine-banded armadillos to the agency.

Commission biologists are trying to find observations to help them determine the range growth of armadillos in the Tar Heel state. To participate, volunteers that put an armadillo from the wild should upload and discuss their photos to the NC Armadillo project, which launched today on the completely totally free online platform iNaturalist. Volunteers may upload their photos with a pc at iNaturalist.org or else they could download the free iNaturalist app, which is available for iPhone and Android.

Individuals who want to record observations but don’t wish to utilize iNaturalist can send their armadillo observations to armadillo@ncwildlife.org. The email should include:

•A photograph of this armadillo
•As it had been observed (time and date )
•The location where it had been detected (GPS coordinates would be greatest, however a thorough location description is acceptable)

Armadillos are native to Central and South America but have gradually expanded their range into the southeastern United States. In 2007, the agency received the very first confirmed sighting of a nine-banded armadillo in Macon County and in the last 12 years has obtained over 170 reports in 46 counties.

The amount of counties with established observations is 27, stretching from Cherokee to Dare counties, making it likely that the armadillo is enlarging its scope naturally throughout North Carolina, rather than being aided by human intervention, according to Colleen Olfenbuttel, the Commission’s black bear along with furbearer biologist.

“Whether armadillos continue spreading beyond their current range will be largely dependent on climate,” explained Olfenbuttel. “moderate winter temperatures conditions are good for armadillos. Because they lack heavy insulating material and must dig most foods, freezing conditions may cause them to starve or freeze to death. “But, North Carolina is experiencing fewer long stretches of freezing weather, which will be allowing armadillos to enlarge northward.”

Know about armadillos by studying the Commission’s armadillo species profile and seeing the armadillo webpage.