The Foxy Armadillos
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”)

These armadillo friends join seafaring books for children and pirate talk, because they are not landlubbers. With “The Foxy Armadillos”, you'll forget about “Moby Dick”.

Plank-Walking Good, Landlubbers! In pirate talk, armadillos would not be happy to hear themselves called “landlubbers”. They would tell every seafarer to forget about “Moby Dick”. Armadillos fit right into the pirate world of the sea. Boys and girls love the fantastic world of these armored adventurers. Players of the pirate-themed Sea of Thieves shared word adventure game, built by Rare Limited and published by Microsoft Studios, should learn the word 'dillos. Ship captains would tell children learn this word. These animals could lead pirate ships to fun, adventure and loot.

Can armadillos swim? Yes! Armadillos do great in the water. They have a swimming place in Little Ray's collection of seafaring books for children. Armadillos are animals, like fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Armadillos are vertebrates, because they have a spine and a skeleton made of bone. These bones help to give them shape. It also protects their inside parts. Dolphins, porpoises and whales are other types of water animals with bones. Armadillos also have some cartilage. Cartilage helps to hold their bones together. It also helps them bend and move. Stingrays, rays and shark have a lot more cartilage. Stingrays and sharks are made of cartilage. They don't have bones.

Do armadillos sleep at night? No! Yer jaw-dropping nights can be spent watching these fun critters. During the eight night-time hours they are awake, your time will not be wasted. You'll see why these amazing animals should not be called landlubbers. Fish never go to sleep. They rest, but they are always watching what's going on around them. Each of these animals is different. Dolphins, porpoises and whales go halfway to sleep. Part of their brains stay awake to keep them breathing. These mammals may hang near the water surface or go to the bottom to rest. Many dolphins, porpoises and whales sleep at night. Killer whales are the largest members of the dolphin family. They are not like “Moby Dick”. Set sail for seafaring quests in search of fun, adventure and loot.

Are armadillos fish? No. Stingrays and sharks are fish. Dolphins, porpoises, whales and armadillos are mammals. Armadillos do not live in the water. In this way, they are a lot like people. Mammals have live young and nurse their babies with milk. Like shark and stingray babies, baby armadillos are called “pups”. Mammals are warm-blooded and have lungs to breathe air. They cannot breathe in the water. Armadillos breathe with lungs, like whales and dolphins. Would anyone call them landlubbers? Armadillos do not live in water all of the time. They are “at home” in the water. Fish swim with their fins. Armadillos use their feet to walk on the bottom of lakes, streams, rivers or oceans. They also use their feet to paddle across the water. This is not much different than people swimming with their arms and feet.

Behold the armadillo legends of the sea! Armadillos can hold their breath for six minutes, while walking under water. Most people have to come up for air within two minutes. People use sails catch the wind. Fish inflate their swim bladders to float in the water. Armadillos inflate their intestines to float. Whales, porpoises and dolphins have blubber to help keep them afloat. Blubber also protects them from the cold. They can live off it during hard times. Only a bilge rat would say 'dillos don't belong in the Little Ray collection of seafaring books for children. These little tricksters are amazing. Crazy is the Pirates of the Sea collection of films. They were made from a Walt Disney theme-park ride. Hoist yer sails and set off in quest of these fun critters. They live along the warm coastal waters of the Americas.

Heave ho, “me hearties”! “Swab the poop deck” and cap the “bunghole”. Ye won't need no keg, “Moby Dick” or “nuffin”. Like frogs, armadillos have long, sticky tongues. They use their tongues to catch bugs and lap up water. They have large claws to dig burrows for their homes. Fish also may dig holes for hideaways. Armadillos dig into the ground to eat bugs and spiders. Fish also may dig for buried food. Like stingrays, armadillos have poor eyesight. Armadillos smell for bugs. Sharks have excellent eyesight. Stingrays, rays and sharks also use their sense of smell to hunt. Stingrays, rays and sharks have an extra electric sense to find their food. Distractions don't bother armadillos. Sharks may attack a nuisance. Stingrays and other rays are likely to swim away from their problems. Powder monkeys are also known for jumping ship to escape their dangerous jobs with cannon powder.

Yer skirvey cutlass and loaded musket, blunderbuss or flintlock ain't worth “nuffin”. Armadillos have protective armor. They don't need to worry about stings or bites during hunting, game-play or combat. Sea turtles have shells for their suits of armor. Sharks, stingrays and other rays have tough, armor-like skin. Fish also may have scales or slime to protect their bodies. These critters need no booty to buy protection. It is given to them by nature. The facts and fun of all of these animals earn them a place in pirate talk, pirate games and seafaring books for children. Forget “Foxy th' Pirate”. Read all about The Foxy Armadillos. Here is a link to an organization that is all about The Wonderful World of Armadillos.

Armadillos are ship-rocking special. These energetic, hard-working animals hunt daily for food. Unlike “Moby Dick” whales, porpoises and sharks, armadillos do not have a lot of fat. These animals are not picky eaters. They will eat food, dead or alive, much like a shark. Stingrays prefer live food. Pirate ships usually have cooks to make food for the crew. Poor armadillos, sharks and rays often need to hunt alone. When they are not part of a group, nature provides for them. Their happy hunting grounds and their escape routes include thorny brush lands. Few enemies tread and little pirate talk is heard in their rough territory. The three-banded armadillos, like those in “The Foxy Armadillos”, can roll into a ball for added protection. In this position, they look a lot like cannon balls.

When yer shot out of a cannon, yer gonna wish ye had an armadillo's shape, form and style. They have fewer bony plates to haul around than many competitors. Each time ye need to buy a new hull for yer ship, yer gonna think about waterproof armadillos. These amazing animals have long pointy noses and big trumpet-like ears. Yer skirvey compass and charts ain't no match to 'dillo senses. They need no sailing master to find their way around. Armadillos may not be listed among the cutest of creatures. Aargh. Ye also won't see rays or sharks on this list. There is a lot of scary-looking ocean life. Aye! Squids, octopuses and eels also live in Davy Jones' Locker. Ye might hear “Captain Ahab“ say: “it be armadillos!” Super, high-sea thrills are the stuff of pirate talk, pirate games and seafaring books for children. Ye don't need no grog to roll with this tide.

Shiver Me Timbers, Landlubbers! Female nine-banded armadillos have one egg. That egg splits into four identical babies. For preservation of the species, this egg also can be put on hold. The mother can wait for a better season or time. She decides when to let her babies be born. After birth, they start to grow. The parents teach their babies how to survive as adults. Males and females share a birthing burrow. That's where they mate, keep warm and care for their young. Unlike mother stingrays and sharks, mother armadillos nurse their pups. Armadillos can live up to 15 years, about the same life span as stingrays. Armadillos gain their independence between the ages of six months and one year. Sharks typically live for 20 to 30 years. Some types of sharks can live for 100 years or more. Pirates may not live long on their battling ships. They get thrown overboard to feed the fishes. “Dead men tell no tales.”

Armadillos, sharks and rays are “hornswoggling” critters. The Greenland shark may wait 100 years to start making pups. Imagine the benefits of delaying parenting. The babies can come into life when survival opportunities are at their best. Mother sharks may have healthier pups, when their own stress levels are low. These fish also can to delay the birthdays of their babies. These babies can be born long after they should have arrived. The birth of stingrays and armadillos can be delayed, too. The ability to delay their babies' birthdays earns these critters a place together. That place might be with the ship quartermasters. Quartermasters control the supply of food. Food comes first in making life good for children. Think of the spin-off possibilities for this uncommon method of baby control. These interesting animals could teach pirates new ways to control the “briny deep” and break curses.

Fire in the hole! Master gunners, warn yer shipmates! Stingrays, armadillos and sharks are ready to give birth. This job is harder than aiming and firing a cannon. Birth does not happen by accident. There is no random fire. Sharks usually take 6 months to 2 years for their babies to be born. Armadillos average 4 to 6 months, like stingrays. Female sharks and sawfish can have babies while in human care. Shark mothers don't need a male to make their babies. Fatherless births also are possible for snakes and lizards. This no-male policy should should give rise to fierce pirate talk. Wild discoveries and unusual animals should rank highly for master gunners. They are in charge of safety. Find good, safe fun in Little Ray's seafaring books for children and in articles throughout this website. The pirate life is not just for lads! Lasses also may crash servers with a higher-than-expected interest. Find out. Thar is a video about them at the bottom of this page.

Blimey, Landlubbers! Pirate ships were manned, but there are famous female pirates. The Armadillos should have fame for their unique method to fairly separate the sexes. Each pup born in an armadillo litter is of the same sex as the others. They are fully developed at birth, but their armor is soft. In Spanish the name means “little armored one”. Armadillos originated in Latin America, where Spanish is widely spoken. Like stingrays and sharks, armadillos are action figures that should have great appeal to boys. They dig in the dirt, eat dead bugs and morph into armored balls. They also are interesting and unusual finds for girls. Unlike people, these animals do not make policies, rules or laws for separation of the sexes at work, at school or at home. Nature is perfectly balanced to treat all living beings the same.

“Batten down the hatches!” Prepare for a coming storm. The ability to delay birth may help these amazing animals move into new areas. While she resettles, a mother armadillo can keep the weight of her babies low. These cannon ball-sized critters are widely spread in the United States of America. Because these mammals do not have “Moby Dick” blubber, these critters seek warm places. Sail ho! Blackbird won't be on an enemy ship. Armadillos live south of this legendary English Pirate's famed territory. He won't engage in combat with ye. Like rays, these animals are shy. Sharks may ignore people while they are on the move. Stealth and the focus on familiar, bite-sized morsels are common to all of these amazing animals. “Aargh Matey!” “All hands hoay!” These amazing critters have fun lessons for lasses and lads.

“Anchors Aweigh!” What's not to love about armadillos? Be sure to use favorite words of sashaying swashbucklers. Make imaginative armadillo escapes as you do cross-platform reads with shipmates, collaborators. Yer gonna learn how to win against enemy combatants. Armadillos, sharks and stingrays help everyone learn about the freedom of the seas from mutinous curses. Ruling powers reboot an old fox's den into an amazing home for armadillos in The Foxy Armadillos. Little Ray's seafaring books for children offer co-operative characters with a touch of character combat. Once ye have the books, ye need no ammo box to restock. Ye need no sword or pistol to brave the creatures in these books. They will teach ye everything you need to know to get ahead, while helping yer shipmates. Savvy...?

Land ho! A true buccaneer, is gonna want pieces of eight or a bit of booty. It be help. Close in on Little Ray's friends. As fast as thar she blows, ye be wanting the whole collection for yer “duffle”. Yer gonna love the stories and the articles across this website. Ye be loving these critters more than “Moby Dick” or “cackle fruit”! Yer no kin of a “biscuit eater”. Get it? Aye, ye better or ye be walking the plank! Yo Ho Ho! Avast Ye! Ye better add “'dillos” to yer pirate talk. Armadillos are in Little Ray's collection of seafaring books for children for good reasons. “Thars nuffin” boring about armadillos, Sea of Thieves or Pirate Terms and Phrases from Watch armadillos in the video below so you'll know them in the water.


Pirate Talk and Landlubbers

  • landlubbers Little Ray says:

    “Landlubbers” is used by nautical types to describe someone who is unfamiliar with the sea.

  • seafaring books for children Little Ray says:

    Little Ray teaches children a lot about the nautical world in his collection of seafaring books for children.

    • armadillosLittle Ray says:

      Pirate talk generally does not include armadillos, because few pirates see these nocturnal land animals.