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Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-Banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

With those long claws, a piglike head and its characteristic body armor, there’s no mistaking an armadillo for anything else! Except for a ball, maybe.

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ORIGIN:
Southern North America through Argentina

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HABITAT:
Forests and grasslands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
8-17 lbs
Length: 2-3 ft

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DIET:
Insects, worms and seeds

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PREDATORS:
Alligators, jaguars and birds of prey

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Plated "armor"

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REPRODUCTION:
4-month gestation; sexually mature at 1 yr

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THREATS:
None

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 23 yrs in human care

In Spanish, what does the term “armadillo” mean?
Big armored one
Cute armored one
Little armored one
Silly armored one

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