I do not condone the keeping of armadillos, or any other wild animal, as a pet. Although armadillos do not appear to show any outward signs of stress in captivity, under the wrong circumstances they can become aggressive, or succumb to the same boredom or health problems that afflict many captive animals. Also, armadillos would probably not make an ideal pet for most people to begin with. They are nocturnal, and would be sleeping when you are awake. At night, they will wake up and forage. If kept inside, this means they will wander around your home, bumping into (and knocking over!) things, and generally making noise while you are trying to sleep. Armadillos also have a musky smell that some people dislike. Although they have been kept as pets in the past, the reviews are mixed — some people like them, others find the odor and habits of the animal to be unpleasant. In some parts of South America, they are kept as pets — pets which are occasionally eaten.
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Different species of armadillos live in different climates and have different temperature requirements. As you should keep armadillos outdoors, you must live in an area with a climate that's comparable to your pet's home range. Because of their low body temperature, armadillos can develop frostbite easily, so they require well-insulated retreats if your local temperatures drop below freezing.
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One of the greatest challenges in keeping armadillos as pets is their space requirements. In the wild, armadillos forage over relatively large areas -- their mean home-range size is more than 21 acres. For the sake of health and hygiene, you must not allow your pet to roam about freely in your home. This means that the best type of cage to provide your armadillo with is the largest outdoor pen you can reasonably construct. While breeding males avoid each other and should not be housed together in captivity, females, non-breeding males and young armadillos often have overlapping home ranges, so they may coexist peacefully in suitably large habitats.
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Armadillos cannot be said to be a real danger to pets. However, it is important to always remember that they are still wild animals that need to be treated with the greatest caution as well as respect. On average, the armadillo cannot be considered to be dangerous. However, they can hurt pets with their claws if they are provoked. In most cases, the animal will run when it feels threatened. Pets, regardless of how small they are, should be pretty safe around armadillos.Armadillos are generally rare when it comes to housing in captivity. Very few people know exactly what is needed and on top of that the state laws of some places restrict keeping one as a pet. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to check with the local authorities. In some states such as Maine and Hawaii, it is categorically stated that armadillos should not be owned as pets.