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22 September 2006

Friday Food Blogging!*

More than you ever needed to know about...

Armadillos
When the fireside chitchat runs dry, humor the troops with these fascinating factoids about the South's most peculiar animal.

>>Armadillos rarely grow larger than a housecat-they weigh up to 17 pounds-but fossils of 5-foot giants have been found in South America.
>>It's illegal to own an armadillo in Maine, and Montana classifies them as livestock.
>>Armadillos sink when they swim unless they gulp air into their intestines, which helps them float and stay underwater as long as 5 minutes.
>>Some scientists predict that as a result of global warming, armadillos will migrate as far north as Virginia in the next 50 years.
>>Most armadillos grunt. The exception is Chaetophractus vellerosus, the screaming hairy armadillo native to Bolivia and Argentina.
>>An adult will eat up to 40,000 ants in one meal and 200 pounds of bugs in a year. In the United States alone, that equates to more than 6 billion pounds of bugs annually.
>>The name originated with Spanish conquistadors, meaning "little armored thing." The Aztec called it Azotochtli, for "turtle-rabbit."
>>It always gives birth to identical quadruplets, though in times of stress, mothers can delay implantation of a fertilized egg by up to 2 years.
*>>Armadillo meat, which is a common dinner item in South America, is said to taste like fine pork. Cook it thoroughly, though, as these animals have been known to carry the bacteria that causes leprosy.

Gina DeMillo
Backpacker
February 2004

Once again, we have Barbie to thank for a grand idea! She went to Texas! 'dillos should be served with cerveza or Margaritas!

3 Comments:

Blogger barbie2be said...

Mmmmm... tastes like chicken...

11:28  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

So do Korean dogs, Barbie!

17:41  
Blogger barbie2be said...

and ostrich, and kangaroo too.

19:28  

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