SOUTHERN THREE-BANDED ARMADILLO
The Southern Three-Banded Armadillo is part of the dasypodidae family and is native to South America. They are near threatened in the wild due to habitat destruction and over hunting.
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.
Armadillos are omnivores and eat insects, beetle larvae, fruit and vegetables.
Lifespan – up to 20 years (Captivity)
IUCN Conservation Status – Near Threatened