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A Nine-banded Armadillo in the Green Swamp, central Florida.Nine-banded armadilloNine-Banded armadillo photographed at the welder wildlife refugeArmadillo searching for foodArmadillo Dasypus novemcinctus.Armadillo (Tatu Carreta) at the Peninsula Valdes National Park, Chubut, Argentina
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Armadillo Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Cingulata
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Dasypodidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Dasypus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Dasypodidae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
36cm - 75cm (14in - 30in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
4kg - 30kg (9lbs - 66lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
48km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
4 - 12 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Pink, Grey, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Boney Plates
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Forest and grasslands
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
4
Main Prey:Insects, Ants, Termites
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Bear, Wolf, Coyote
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Armoured plated skin and can curl into a ball

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The armadillo is native to both North America and South America, although only one species of Armadillo is found in the United States.

The average armadillo measures around 75cm in length, including the tail but the giant armadillo can grow to more than 1.5m long and the miniature pink fairy armadillo (the smallest armadillo species) only gets to around 10cm in length.

There are around 20 species of armadillo still existent on the American continent with the nine-banded armadillo being the only species found outside of the South American tropics.

The armadillo has a hard outer shell and can curl up into a ball leaving no soft body parts exposed to danger (a bit like a woodlouse). The armadillo also has long claws which the armadillo uses for digging burrows and hunting for insects in the earth.

Despite the armadillo\'s odd shape, most armadillos can also reach a top speed of nearly 30 mph so can easily outrun most jungle predators. The primary predators of the armadillo are bears, wolves, wildcats and cougars.

The armadillo has very poor vision which makes the armadillo somewhat vulnerable in its jungle environment. The armadillo\'s armour is formed by plates of bone covered in relatively small overlapping scales. The scales of the armadillo are known as scutes and these scutes are made up of bone with a covering of horn.

The armadillo has additional armour that covers the top of its head, the upper parts of the armadillo\'s limbs and the armadillo\'s tail. The underside of the armadillo has no armour, and is simply covered with soft skin and fur, hence it\'s strategy of curling into a ball leaving only the armoured plates exposed.

The armadillo is generally an insectivore meaning that the diet of the armadillo is primarily comprised of insects. Armadillos also snack on other things including worms, spiders, snakes and frogs although the exact diet of the armadillo is very much dependent on the area which it inhabits.

Female armadillos give birth to around four young which are born after a gestation period of three to four months. After birth, the baby armadillos remain in the burrow for a few months, only feeding on their mothers milk. They then begin to forage with the mother, eventually leaving after six months to a year. Some species of armadillo are known to reproduce every year so a single female armadillo can produce up to 56 young over the course of her life.

Armadillo Translations

Dansk
Bæltedyr
Deutsch
Gürteltiere
English
Armadillos
Español
Dasypodidaees
Suomi
Vyötiäiset
Français
Tatou
Magyar
Tatu
Italiano
Dasypodidaeit
Nederlands
Gordeldieren
Norsk
Beltedyr
Polski
Pancerniki
Português
Tatu
Svenska
Bältdjur

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First Published: 29th November 2008, Last Updated: 6th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 29 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 29 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 29 Nov 2008]

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