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About Armadillo

Of the 20 varieties of armadillo, all but one live in Latin America. The familiar nine-banded armadillo is the only species that includes the United States in its range.

Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armoured one” and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail of most of these odd looking creatures. Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear such shells.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Armadillos

Scientific Name: Dasypodidae

Type: Mammals

Diet: Omnivores

Average life span in captivity: 12 to 15 years

Size: 5 to 59 in

Weight: 3 oz to 120 lbs

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