Southern Three-Banded Armadillo


Tolypeutes matacus

  • Native to: South America.
  • Diet: Armadillos are omnivores and eat insects, beetle larvae, fruit and vegetables.
  • Lifespan: Up to 20 years in captivity.
  • IUCN Status: Near Threatened in the wild due to habitat destruction and over hunting.
  • Fun Facts: They are characterized by their three stretchy bands of skin across their shell which enables them the flexibility to roll into a ball.  The armoured shell is made of keratin (like our finger nails). Unlike other armadillo species, they don’t dig their own burrows and usually take over burrows  from other animals like ant eaters.  They are most active at dawn and dusk.

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December 10, 2014