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  1. Pedant says:

    Of the twenty species of armadillo that exist throughout the Americas, the nine-banded armadillo (dasypus novemcinctus) is the only one found in the United States. When startled, the nine-banded armadillo can jump straight upward about three to four feet into the air. This reflex may help scare off predators in the wild. Unfortunately, many armadillos are killed when they jump into the underside of moving vehicles. (Library of Congress) https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/how-high-can-a-nine-banded-armadillo-jump/
    Some armadillos, placental mammals with leathery armor, are naturally infected with leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Armadillos are one of the only known animals to carry leprosy, an age-old disease that causes skin and nerve damage.
    The CDC says it is possible to contract leprosy (Hansen’s disease) through contact with armadillos, but it is usually unlikely. https://www.cdc.gov/leprosy/transmission/index.html

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