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Armadillos are small placental mammals, known for having a leathery armor shell. Dasypodidae is the only surviving family in the order Cingulata, part of the superorder Xenarthra along with the anteaters and sloths. Armadillos are prolific diggers with sharp claws. Many species use their sharp claws to dig for food, such as grubs, and to dig dens.


Armadillos are mammals with a plated armor shell.

Armadillo Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata

Other Names: Hillbilly Speed Bump,

Armadillo in Foreign Languages:

Catalan: armadillo
Chamicuro: memili
Cherokee: uyasgala
Dutch: gordeldier
Estonian: armadill
Finnish: vyötiäinen
French: tatou
German: Gürteltier
Greek: armantíllo
Hungarian: gömbászka / tatu
Icelandic: beltisdýr
Indonesian: trenggiling
Irish: armadailín
Italian: armadillo
Japanese: arumajiro
Mandarin: qiúyú
Navajo: káá'ts'iní
Polish: pancernik
Portuguese: tatu
Romanian: tatu
Russian: bronenósec
Slovakian: pásavec
Slovenian: armadilo
Spanish: armadillo / armado / cachicamo / carachupa / cusuco / gurre / mulita / pitero / quirquincho / tatú / toche
Swahili: kakakuona
Swedish: bälta / bältdjur
Tagalog: armadilyo

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.



Conservation Status: Threatened

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 systemically.

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.

Armadillo Gifts




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