The distribution range of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) has been expanding northward across the eastern and central United States over the past several decades. It is thought that armadillos first reached South Carolina in the mid-1980s in the southwestern portion of the state. Armadillo sightings are rare in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Here, we report of an armadillo photographed in southern Spartanburg County on 30 May, 2017. This individual was spotted in mixed deciduous forest along the Tyger River. Our data add further support to the notion that armadillos have expanded their breeding range into the northern Upstate of South Carolina.
Storm, Jonathan J.
"Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina,"
Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science: Vol. 16:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jscas/vol16/iss1/4