Brazilian Three Banded Armadillo
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- Armadillos have tough armor covering their back, head, tails, and the outside of their legs. This protective shell is made up of keratin which is the same protein that makes up human hair and fingernails.
- They have strong claws for digging. They can tear into dirt in search of ants, termites, and beetle larvae. Their sticky tongues help them lap up insects. Unlike other armadillos, they do not dig their own burrows.
- Armadillos are born relatively well developed and can walk and even roll into a ball just hours after birth. Their shell is soft at birth however, and does not harden until 3-4 weeks of age.
- Armadillos have poor eyesight. However, they make up for their underdeveloped vision with their keen sense of smell and hearing. They can smell through 8 inches of soil.
Did You Know?
Three banded armadillos have unique shells compared to those of other species of armadillo. The plates of their shells are connected by three flexible bands which allow them the ability to roll into a ball.