This article discusses how climate change is affecting armadillos.
Armadillos’ main source of food is bugs they find in the ground. They don’t hibernate and can only go about two weeks without eating food.
That becomes a problem in places with extended freezes and snow-covered ground, which is why finding so many in Kansas perplexes biologists.
“We just don’t know how they’re surviving these cold winters when they have such limited food,” Kansas State Extension specialist Jeri Geren said.
Part of it could be that as average temperatures rise, due in part to heat-trapping pollution released from fossil fuels, the duration of consecutive days below freezing shrinks.