What happens if you run over an armadillo?
Herein, can an armadillo survive being hit by a car?
Armadillos have an unfortunate habit of jumping straight up into the air when they get startled, Wile E. Coyote-style. The animals are small enough to pass safely under a car, but when scared they jump straight up into the undercarriage, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
Secondly, how dangerous is an armadillo? Armadillos usually stand motionless when a predator is approaching. But when posed with a serious threat, an armadillo will claw and bite. Through clawing and biting, these armored critters can transmit leprosy, rabies, and other harmful diseases.
Consequently, why do armadillos get hit by cars so often?
Three reasons. Third, armadillos jump up in the air when they feel threatened. This often works to startle a predator, but against an automobile it doesn't work; they just end up jumping right into the front or underside of the car, with disastrous results.
How strong is an armadillo shell?
The thickness of the shell varies between the species, but in no case is the shell thick; nine-banded armadillo shells are roughly one-tenth of an inch thick. Even though the bones are very thin, the shell can account for up to 15 percent of an armadillo's weight.