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January 2019 by V. R. Duin


For weeks, the 'dillos life was swell,
But things don't always go so well.
The fox came back to claim his den.
How could the armadillos win?
(The Foxy Armadillos)

This armadillo book for kids generates pirate talk about Little Ray's seafaring books for children. These cannon-ball-shaped creatures are anything but boring landlubbers.

Plank-Walking Good! Nautical types use “Landlubbers” to describe someone unfamiliar with the sea. Armadillos prove their adaptation for sea-roving exploits.

Embark on fun, adventure and loot. Arrive first with matchless armadillo clues. Take note: pirate-themed Sea of Thieves was built by Rare Limited and published by Microsoft Studios.

Spend jaw-dropping nights watching 'dillos. Few pirates see these nocturnal animals. Yer time would be wasted on “Moby Dick”. Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep at night.

Armadillos are vertebrates. Their bony spines and skeletons give them shape and protect inside parts. Dolphins, porpoises and whales are marine mammals with bones. Most fish have bones.

Stingrays, rays and sharks are made of cartilage. Cartilaginous fish have no bones. Armadillos also have cartilage. It helps hold their bones together and facilitates bending and moving.

Armadillos do not live in water. These mammals have and nurse live young. Their babies are “pups”, like those of rays and sharks. They breathe with lungs, like whales and dolphins.

Avast Ye! Armadillos use feet to walk on lake, stream, river or ocean bottoms. They use them to paddle across the water. Race them with yer arms and feet. Set sail for nighttime quests.

Maritime legends! These water-goers hold their breath for six minutes. People rarely last two. Heave ho, “me hearties”! Achieve whale breath-holding records.

Pirates use sails to catch wind. Fish inflate swim bladders to adjust floating levels. Armadillos inflate intestines for water buoyancy. A bilge rat would say “these tricksters are amazing”.

Whales, porpoises and dolphins have blubber. It helps them float and protects them from cold. They live off it during hard times. 'Dillos have no “Moby Dick” fat.

Yer skirvey cutlass, musket, blunderbuss or flintlock ain't worth “nuffin”. 'Dillos have armor to protect against stings or bites during hunting, game-play or combat.

Critters need no booty for survival. Nature provides food and protection. Behold turtle shells as suits of armor. Stingrays and sharks sport tough, armor-like skin.

Ye don't need grog to roll with this tide. Quartermasters control ship food supply. Food makes life good for “little armored ones”. Their name hales from Spanish roots.

Swab the poop deck”! These hard-working animals hunt daily. These non-picky eaters eat things, dead or alive, like sharks. Sharks and armadillos also eat veggies.

Ye won't need yer keg. Armadillos use long, sticky tongues to lap up water. Their few peg-like teeth could not whittle a peg leg for “Hector Barbossa” in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Thar no kin of a “biscuit eater”. Like stingrays, they have poor eyesight. Stingrays, sharks and armadillos detect prey by scent. These marauders can dig for food.

Move your “Jolly Roger” brig over, “Captain Hook”! With three-to-five powerful claws on front and hind feet, armadillos dig long, deep burrows for sleeping quarters.

Powder monkeys jump ship to escape dangerous cannon powder jobs. Distractions don't bother armadillos. Sharks may attack nuisances. Rays flee perceived problems.

Prepare to go ashore. 'Dillos embrace thorny brush land for travel and escape. Few pirates venture into this rough terrain. Three-banded species roll into “cannon-ball-like protection”.

When yer shot out of a cannon, yer gonna want their shape, form and style. 'Dillos haul few bony plates. New hulls are pirate problems. These natural navigators are born waterproof.

Dead men tell no tales. Armadillos and stingrays live about 15 years. Sharks may live to 400. Pirates on battling ships face risks of being tossed overboard to “feed the fish”.

Yer skirvey compass and charts can't match 'dillo senses. They need no sailing master to find their way around. They have long pointy noses and big trumpet-like ears.

Hear Captain Ahab say: “It be armadillos!” They may not be the cutest of life forms. Aargh Matey! Get it? Squids, octopuses and eels also inhabit Davy Jones' Locker.

Shiver Me Timbers! Nine-banded females produce one egg. It splits into four identical babies. Birth can be put on hold. Sharks also can delay delivery until the opportunities are best.

Hornswoggling beasts! Greenland sharks may wait 100 years to start procreating. Imagine the benefits of delaying parenting until stress is low. Timing birthdays earns these critters a place together.

Blimey, Landlubbers!Think of spin-off possibilities for this uncommon life-control method. These remarkable souls could teach pirates to rule the briny deep and break curses without pieces of eight.

Fire in the hole! Master gunners envy the lack of random fire, recoil or explosions in birthing. Sharks work 6 to 24 months for live birth. 'Dillos and stingrays average 4 to 6.

Blimey, Buccaneers! Sharks need no male for motherhood. Fatherless births also occur among snakes and lizards. No-male policies should should give rise to fierce talk. Most pirate ships are manned.

Cap the bunghole. Discoveries rank with master gunners in charge of safety. Plundering is not just for lads. Lasses crash servers with this site's updates. Yo Ho Ho!

Meet famous lady pirates. Honor armadillos for their fair method of separating the sexes. Each pup in an armadillo litter is of the same sex. Nature balances these living beings.

Batten down the hatches! Prepare for coming storms. The amaze-ball ability to delay birth facilitates relocations. While resettling, females limit the weight of unborn offspring.

All hands hoay! ' Pa and Ma Dillo share a burrow to care for their pups. They dig in the dirt, eat dead bugs and morph into armored balls. Pups are fully developed at birth, but their armor is soft.

Crazy is Pirates of the Sea. Evolve from Walt Disney theme-park rides. Unhinge from movie routines. Hoist yer sails. Set off for warm coastal waters.

Sail ho! Blackbird won't be on an enemy ship. This famed English Pirate's won't engage ye in combat. Armadillos live south of his legendary territory. They are widely spread in the Americas.

Close in on Little Ray's friends. Like rays, 'dillos are shy. Sharks may ignore people while they are on the move. Stealth and a focus on bite-sized morsels are themes for these eating machines.

Anchors Aweigh! Make 'dillo escapes as you do cross-platform reads with shipmates. Win against enemy combatants. Armadillos, sharks and stingrays free orderly seas from mutinous curses.

Land ho! Ruling powers reboot an old fox's den as home for The Foxy Armadillos. An armadillo online organization is devoted to The Wonderful World of Armadillos. It gives facts about all twenty recognized species.

Ye need no ammo box to restock. Ye need no sword or pistol to brave these books. Watch armadillos in the video below so you'll recognize them sashaying as sought-after surprises on land or in water.

“Foxy th' Pirate”? No! Move forth with The Foxy Armadillos. Little Ray's seafaring books for children offer co-operative living with a touch of character combat.

Savvy? As fast as thar she blows, ye be wanting Little Ray's nautical world collection for yer “duffle”. Ye be loving these beasties more than “cackle fruit”!

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