SIU Professor Studies Northward Migration of Armadillos

Carbondale (AP) — The northward migration of a mammal more commonly associated with Texas, Florida and other warm-weather states is the subject of new research by a Southern Illinois University zoologist. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that SIU associate professor F. Augustin Jimenez will focus on parasites carried by the migrating nine-banded armadillo. Jimenez says he will also examine the animals’ hibernation methods. Armadillos have been spotted in Illinois as far north of Mount Vernon.