Nine-banded armadillo

Found all over the Americas, it is the most widespread species of all armadillos

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Nine-banded armadillo’s whole body, including its head and tail, is covered with an armored shell; the scales are known as “scutes.” However, the body’s underside and the limbs’ inner side are not armored but covered with tough skin and coarse fur. There are generally nine jointed armored bands that allow it to bend, but the actual number depends on geographical range.

They search for their meals by digging through the loose soil with their snouts. Then, they will use their long tongue to wrap around their prey, such as worms, ants, termites, and grubs. They also supplement their diet with fruits, fungi, seeds, and other plant matter.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
2013
Belize
2013
Bolivia
2013
Brazil
2013
Colombia
2013
Costa Rica
2013
Ecuador
2013
El Salvador
2013
French Guiana
2013
Grenada
2013
Guatemala
2013
Guyana
2013
Honduras
2013
Mexico
2013
Nicaragua
2013
Panama
2013
Paraguay
2013
Peru
2013
Suriname
2013
Trinidad & Tobago
2013
United States
2013
Uruguay
2013
Venezuela
2013

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No