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Fri Oct 13, 2017, 01:58 AM

Armadillos skitter across Tennessee, along with rumors of leprosy

Armadillos are expanding their reach across Tennessee, ending up under tires and on the sides of interstates while raising fears about leprosy and other diseases.

But there's good news on several fronts: They're harmless to the environment, you can shoot, trap and kill them all you want, and your chances of getting leprosy are slim.

The great armadillo expansion isnít limited to Tennessee. Itís a national trend thatís been happening for about 60 years.

Biologists and other wildlife experts continue to study the animalís range, tracking it as far north as Chicago, as far west as Nebraska and along the east coast from Florida into Virginia, according to Roger Applegate, a biologist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Read more: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/10/13/armadillos-tennessee-leprosy-expansion/756374001/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 02:04 AM

1. I'm from Memphis.

We called them possums on the half-shell.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 02:15 AM

2. LOL!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 02:22 AM

3. Then there was always the question if they could walk on the bottom of the...

Mississippi to the other side. Some people claim they swim, some say walk on the riverbed. Everyone had an opinion.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 05:07 AM

4. Nah, they roll over on their backs and float across. n/t

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