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Pink Fairy Armadillo


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Pink Fairy Armadillo
The pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) which is also known as the Pichiciego is the smallest species of armadillo known.

This particular species of armadillo generally ranges between 90-115 mm in length, excluding its tail, and will weigh less than a pound. Similarly, this is the only species of armadillo that has its dorsal shell almost completely separate from its body.

This unique animal resides in the dry grasslands and sandy plains of central Argentina. This sandy environment works well for the pink fairy armadillo since they are excellent diggers. In fact, they have the ability to completely bury themselves in a matter of seconds if threatened.

The pink fairy armadillo uses their digging abilities to burrow in areas beside large ant colonies. Ants provide a constant food source for this species of armadillo. As well, they may also forage on worms, snails and plant matter but ants are their number one choice.

This armadillo tends to live a solitary life in which it stays protected underground only to come out and feed at night. Although, they are solitary it is believed that the pink fairy armadillo is polygamous when it comes to mating. Usually the female will give birth to one young, whose shell will not become completely hardened until it is fully grown.

The pink fairy armadillo will spend most of its time underground similar to a mole. The large front claws allow them to effortlessly move the sand. In fact they move underground as if they were swimming through the water. The aerodynamics of the armadillo as well as the shielded head makes this type of movement possible.

Unfortunately, due to habitat destruction, the population of the pink fairy armadillo is decreasing and they have been listed as Threatened since 1970. \n\n


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Pink Fairy 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
Subfamily:Euphractinae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Chlamyphorus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Chlamyphorus truncatus
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...
90mm -115mm (3.5in - 4.5in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
120g (4.2 oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
Unknown
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
5 - 10 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Pale Rose
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Hard Shell
Favourite Food:Ants
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Dry Grasslands and Sandy Plains
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Ants, worms, plant material
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Domestic Dogs
Special Features:Hard shell, large front claws, shielded head

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