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Armadillo



Armadillo: An animal that eats insect larvae

Information and summary of key features:

Armadillo is a mammal that has a kind of carapace (armor) that covers and protects its body;

- The armadillo is a native animal of the American continent;

- They live in regions of savannah, savannas, riparian forests (near rivers) and forests with dry vegetation (caatinga, for example);

- An armadillo's feeding consists mainly of small insects (ants, termites, beetles) and their larvae. They also eat small invertebrates, roots, some vegetables and fruits;

- The best known armadillo species are armadillo peba, armadillo hen, armadillo canasta, armadillo ball caatinga and armadillo fur (armadillo peba);

- Armadillos, depending on the species, may weigh from 2.5 to 6 pounds on average;

- The average length of adult armadillos is 40 to 70 cm. The tail of an armadillo can measure from 30 to 50 cm.

ÔÇťArmadillos dig holes in the ground, using their strong, sharp nails to use as a home. One or more armadillos inhabit the same lair;

- Most species have nocturnal habits. They stay in the den during the day, going out at night looking for food.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Philo: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Placentalia
Superorder: Xenarthra
Order: Cingulata
Family: Dasypodidae