Billy, a nine-banded armadillo, lives at CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) .
The armadillo was admitted to the clinic after he was found orphaned on April 20 in Cape Coral.
Armadillos are "Non-Native" to Southwest Florida
Armadillos are classified as a “non-native” species by Florida Fish and Wildlife. This classification does not allow CROW to release him back into the wild.
Armadillos are fascinating in other respects. When they need to cross narrow water bodies, they often walk on the bottom underwater. If it is a wide body of water, they will inflate their stomach to twice its normal size, allowing for enough buoyancy to swim across. When startled, armadillos often leap high into the air, and then run quickly to a nearby burrow.
Billy the "Ambassador"
Billy lives in CROW’s Visitor Education Center, on Sanibel Florida, as an ambassador to teach people about the impact non-native and other invasive species have on Southwest Florida’s native wildlife. Visitors can see Billy Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm.