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Armadillo © Andrea Ferriera
© Lee Dingain There about 20 different types (species) of Armadillo, 9 types of Armadillo live in Paraguay. Different types of Armadillo can be found in the southern states of North America (including Florida), and through Central America to most of South America.
What habitat do they live in? Different types of Armadillo live in different habitats. Some types of Armadillo live in dry deserts. Some types of Armadillo live in rainforest. Click to see picture © Kirsty Burgess/WLT © Alberto Yanosky Click to see picture
Why are they threatened? The habitat of many Armadillos is threatened. Can you think of reasons or for sport. People hunt Armadillo for food, people might want to hunt Armadillo? Click for the answer The Brazilian why the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo is for Click to learn Three-banded Armadillo is hunted threatened. food, and much of its habitat has been destroyed by farming and mining activities. The Giant Armadillo is also hunted for food, and the forests that this type of Armadillo lives in are being chopped down. © John Burton/WLT Click to learn why the Giant Armadillo is threatened.
How do they communicate? How do you think they communicate? Armadillos communicate with each other Click usingfor answer smells. chemical Armadillos are almost silent, but they can make noises such as low grunts or squeals. What do they eat? © Chris Knowles Armadillos eat ants and termites, but What do you think they eat? Click for answer sometimes they will also eat plants and bits of dead animals.
How long do they live? Armadillos only live for around four years. How big are they? Different species of Armadillo are very different sizes. This Three-banded Armadillo can be held with one hand. © Rebecca Absalom/WLT The Nine-banded Armadillo can grow to 57 cm long, Click to find out more. and their tail can be between 24 and 45 cm long. The largest armadillo species, the Giant Armadillo, can grow up to 100 cm long with a tail that grows 50 cm long.
What do they look like? Armour The armour of an Armadillo is called a shell Click and it is made up of strong bony plates and covered with horny scales. Most Armadillos have strong front legs with sharp claws for digging. The armour provides protection from predators and Why do you think Armadillos need armour? means that the Armadillo does not get hurt moving Click through thorny bushes. © Lee Dingain Most Armadillos have Click armour covering their bodies, tail, legs and top of the head.
Tell me about their babies: Some Armadillos may have as many as 12 babies. The Nine-banded Armadillo gives birth to four Click here to learn about quadruplets). The babies of identical babies (calledthe babies of the Nine-banded Armadillo are always identical and always either all girls or all boys. © Roberto Pedraza This Armadillo was caught on a camera trap at night in a forest in Mexico.
Interesting facts: The only unprotected area of an Armadillo Click to find out why Armadillos roll into a ball. is its tummy. Some Armadillos can roll into a ball, tucking in their legs and tail, to protect their tummy. Armadillos have sharp claws. Click to find out why strong legs with sharp claws to help them dig insects out of the soil. The Nine-banded Armadillo can travel through deep water by inflating its Click to find out how stomach with air tosome Armadillos travel make itself float. This through water. Armadillo can also hold its breath for several minutes so that it can cross smaller streams by walking underwater.
A story from the wild: Rebecca and Roger from the World Land Trust were in Paraguay, driving to a field station in the Chaco-Pantanal (this is an area where dry grassland © Alberto Yanosky swampy wetland habitat meet). The roads there are made of dirt, not tarmac and they were very quiet. Suddenly their guide, Pepe, stopped the car and jumped out. He ran into the bushes by the side of the road and got down on his knees.
A story from the wild: Pepe had spotted an Armadillo in the bushes by the side of the road. After she had looked at the Armadillo Rebecca put it back in the bushes. © Roger Wilson/WLT Rebecca had never seen an Armadillo before, so Pepe let her hold it. She said it was very smelly.
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