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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.
Common Name: Armadillos
Scientific Name: Dasypodidae
Average life span in captivity: 12 to 15 years
Size: 5 to 59 in
Weight: 3 oz to 120 lbs
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