Armadillo – Where Found in Georgia

When I received a photo of a newly planted bed of mondo grass that had been plowed up overnight, I immediately thought “armadillo!”.

But the damage was done in Dunwoody…not a part of the state where folks have complained about them to me.

I posted a question on Facebook, asking where folks had seen evidence of armadillos, primarily their dead bodies along highways.

The response was eye-opening!

OUTSIDE I-285

Carrollton, McDonough, Oxford, Loganville, Snellville, Fannin County, Lumpkin County, Brasstown Bald,  Six Flags, Jefferson, Ellijay, Lake Hartwell, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Dade County, Snellville, Winder, Athens, Barrow County, Acworth, Kennesaw, Columbus, Rome, Griffin, Cumming, Macon, Roswell, Henry County, Grayson, Gainesville, Dawsonville, Canton, Woodstock, Big Canoe,  Blue Ridge, Morrow,  Loganville, Bartow County, Marietta, Conyers, Covington

INSIDE I-285

North Druid Hills, Toco Hill, Langford Parkway, Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, Old Fourth Ward, Century Center, I-85 (Lavista Rd), DeKalb Farmers Market

NORTH OF GEORGIA

I-64 (Illinois), Missouri, Monteagle TN, St. Louis MO, Nashville

Astute observer Billy H. says: “Last Memorial Day weekend I drove from Conyers, Ga to Wisconsin on some family matters. Driving up I-75 I noticed several dead armadillos along side the interstate. I wondered how far up Georgia I would see my last one.  After going up Monteagle and through Chattanooga, I was now on I-24 and still saw road kill armadillos.

 I continued through Nashville and entering Kentucky every one or two hours would see another dead one. Surely I thought as I approached Paducha, KY, where the Ohio river is a half mile wide here…this will be the last of them.

Nope!  the last armadillo I saw dead was on the side of I-57 north about 45 miles south of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  

I saw no more after that.

photo courtesy of David Funderburk