As I generally work w/sea life I never handled an armadillo until moving from the coast to the mid-west. Once here I discovered (in May) they like the warmth of the asphalted roads/highways! The species is making a comeback in MO. but not there yet, so when I see one on a road I rescue it (hopefully). My BF's sent me this charm and (having handled them...) I have to say the charm is a perfect replica! I love it! Hope you will to.