Armadillos are mammals with a plated armor shell.
Other Names: Hillbilly Speed Bump,
Armadillo in Foreign Languages:
Hungarian: gömbászka / tatu
Spanish: armadillo / armado / cachicamo
/ carachupa / cusuco / gurre / mulita
/ pitero / quirquincho / tatú / toche
Swedish: bälta / bältdjur
Size: Armadillo species vary greatly in
size depending on the species. Armadillos can
be 3 to 59 inches long, and can weigh 8 oz to
132 lbs. The largest Armadillo is the Giant Armadillo
measuring up to 39 inches and weighing up to 132
lbs. The smallest armadillo is the Pink Fairy
Armadillo measuring as little as 3 inches long
and weighing only 8 oz.
Habitat: Armadillos are found in southern United
States, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Of the 20 species of Armadillos, only the nine banded
armadillo is found in the US. The remainder are all
found in Latin America. Armadillos are found in rain
forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts.
Description: Armadillos have sharp claws and
a plated protective shell made of overlapping scales.
The underside of an armadillo is soft skin and fur.
Armadillos have short legs.
Behavior: Armadillos are prolific diggers with
sharp claws, they dig for food and will dig dens or
burrows. Some species of armadillos can roll into a
ball for protection, while others will run and hide
in thorny brush. Armadillos are known to sleep up to
16 hours a day.
Diet: Many species of armadillos use their claws
to dig for food. Armadillos will eat grubs, insects
and small invertebrates.
Senses: Armadillos have poor eyesight,
but a keen sense of smell.
Did You Know?
Armadillos are often used in the study
of leprosy, they are one of the few
non-human creatures that carry the disease
Gestation: Armadillos carry their young 60 to
150 days, depending on the armadillo species.
Birth: Armadillos give birth to litters of 1
to 12 pups, depending on the armadillo species.
Sexually Mature: Armadillos are considered sexually
mature between 9 to 12 months.
Life Span: The life span of armadillos
vary greatly by species. An Armadillos life span
can range from 4 to 30 years.
Did You Know?
Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning
little armored one .
Athleticism: Armadillos have the ability to
remain underwater for up to 6 minutes.