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The armadillo usually does well when kept in captivity, but to give the animal the best care it can get outside of its natural habitat, you should learn as much about it as possible. Before getting a pet armadillo, you’ll need to find out if it’s legal to own one in your area. In general, your pet will need a proper diet and forage space. In addition, you will need to provide water, shelter, and space for your pet.
If your pet armadillo is still a baby, you will need to feed it kitten formula through a dropper. It is important not to overfeed the baby armadillo as this can cause health problems and even cause death. An adult armadillo, on the other hand, can maintain a healthy diet by eating wet cat food. In addition to the usual diet, the armadillo must have a varied diet, as it naturally has it in nature. Other foods you can feed your adult armadillo include fruit, larvae, and worms.
Your pet armadillo will need to be able to dig and forage as it does in its natural habitat. To allow your pet to do this, you can keep them outside in an enclosed area, such as a fenced yard. When the armadillo is in its enclosure, though, you should monitor its activities, as it can dig its way out of the area with its large claws. If you are raising a baby armadillo, you will need to teach it to forage by burying food, such as larvae, in the ground and then letting the armadillo discover the food. Although armadillos can have poor eyesight, their sense of smell allows them to successfully search for food, so teaching a baby armadillo how to do this should work just fine.
Other considerations for caring for a pet armadillo include providing access to water, shelter, and space. The armadillo stays calm and gets exercise by swimming in the water, so it’s important to have water nearby, such as a lake or shallow pool. When the weather is cold, the armadillo will need a warm place to stay, as it normally lives in warm habitats and does not do well in the cold. So if your armadillo is often outside, bring it inside during cold weather. A pet armadillo will need space, as an overcrowded house can cause it to struggle.