The nine-banded armadillo’s identity crisis led to a name change, making the Texas mascot now the Mexican long-nosed armadillo.

The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus mexicanus) has recently been found to be four different distinct species using DNA! So now the Texas state small mammal will now be called the Mexican long-nosed armadillo (Dasypus mexicanus)! Photo courtesy of Stacy Holcomb 

Armand Bayou Nature Center