Six-banded armadillo

Able to swim and will shallow air just before entering the water to assist with buoyancy

Charles J. Sharp

Also known as the yellow armadillo, it has a body covered with armor-like scales made of keratin, the same material as human fingernails and hair. Distinct bands covered by grey-brown hairs separate the plating of the scales. Although they are called sic-banded armadillos, they might have 6 to 8 bands. Their heads are flattened and covered with scales.

They have their territory marked with their scent, and they will attack other armadillos that enter their territory by biting and scratching. Every few days, they tend to change their location. These armadillos are omnivores and primarily consume plant-origin fooad such as tubers, roots, and fruits. They also prey on insects and small vertebrates.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
2013
Presence Uncertain: Catamarca
Bolivia
2013
Brazil
2013
Paraguay
2013
Suriname
2013
Uruguay
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