I thought Armadillos were a very Texan thing. I’d been meaning to mention these critters weeks ago, but had forgotten/gotten busy/ etc etc…
I won’t show you any photos of the dead armadillos I’ve seen, but started seeing them about half-way through Illinois! When I was in Tennessee, I asked about armadillos, and they said they’re a fairly recent phenomenon and had only been in the area the last few years.
I wonder if climate change (warmer temps, longer) have allowed the armadillos to expand their territory to the Midwest.
Doing a bit of googlin’ I can see that they are here to stay in Illinois.