@browncoat - I think the armadillo was only made one of the Texas state animals recently and there was a bit of resistance to it.
I'm not sure why they couldn't just leave it at the longhorns, which have been a symbol of Texas for a long time.
They are quite lovely animals, and very distinctive. I think generally if you are going to choose a state animal it should either be bringing attention to the state or attention to the animal for some reason. Generally, if the animal is endangered, for example, making it a state animal can help the cause and give people a reason to make sure it survives. The opposite is needed with the armadillo, as they are a bit of a pest.
But, I guess someone had a reason for choosing them and you do have to admit that they are survivors.