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On The Trail Of Ambling Armadillos In Southeast Tennessee

Carissa Turner, tracking armadillos at Reflection Riding.
Carissa Turner, tracking armadillos at Reflection Riding.

Let’s talk about armadillos.

Average rising temperatures here in the South are spurring the scaly creatures to crawl north - from Texas and Florida to North Carolina and here in Tennessee.

Carissa Turner has been keeping tabs on the armadillos.

She’s a grad student in environmental science on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - and she has been conducting her research at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, where she recently gave a presentation.

I spoke with Carissa - and Tish Gailmard, director of wildlife conservation at Reflection Riding.

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