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Pink Fairy Armadillo

Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus)
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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Chlamyphorus truncatus
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
90mm -115mm (3.5in - 4.5in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
120g (4.2 oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
5 - 10 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Pale Rose
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Hard Shell
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Dry Grasslands and Sandy Plains
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Ants, worms, plant material
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Domestic Dogs
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Hard shell, large front claws, shielded head

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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.

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First Published: 19th March 2010, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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