As you might have seen, armadillo usually curly up and use the protective armour as a defence mechanism. They do the same movement as a hedgehog, it will curl up and tuck in its head into its body giving it 360-degree protection from any predators.
This species of animal is very unique. In fact so unique that until the 1990’s this species of Armadillo was classed as extinct. Until a scientist found a colony of them in south America. The appearance isn’s very big about 22-27cm long. They have these hard armour plates to protect them from any predators. The shell is made up of keratin, the same stuff our fingernails are made up of. They have a rough touch and very long claws which will help them to rip apart termite mounds.
These creatures are native to south America so can be found in places like Peru and Brazil. The habitat that they inhabit would be open savannahs and dry woodlands. This is where the rainfall is low and not much vegetation to get in the way of any potential insects, that could be seen as food.
Like other armadillos, the diet of this species included invertebrates and in particular, this would include termites and ants, they will use their very powerful claws which are used to tear open mounds. They are nocturnal species coming out at night. They will sleep within a ball in the open protecting them until they come out at night. They are classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. The reason for this is due to them simply curling up into a ball when they feel threatened which makes them easy to catch.
The female Brazilian three-banded armadillo produces only a single young in each litter, which is born extremely well-developed, having the appearance of a miniature version of the adult. The young is almost immediately able to walk and roll into a ball but remains with the parent until weaned at around 72 days old. Sexual maturity is reached at around 9 to 12 months.
An Interesting Fact You Didn’t Know Before Reading This!!!!
The word “armadillo” is Spanish for “little armoured one”.