Southern Three-banded Armadillo

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Southern Three-banded Armadillo

Tolypeutes matacus
Armadillos are famous for their defensive, armored shells. The three-banded armadillo can actually roll itself completely into a ball. Often it will leave its shell open just enough for a would-be predator’s nose or paw to poke through. Suddenly the armadillo slams shut its shell, clamping down tightly and causing injury to the intruder, which is generally enough to send a predator packing.
Fact file:

Length: Up to 1 ft

Weight: 3 to 3.5 lbs

Lifespan: 7 to 15 yrs

Habitat: Grassland, wetland and forest

Diet: Ants and termites

Current Range: Central South America