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Giant Armadillo

Giant Armadillo
Seven-Banded Armadillo

Introduction

Head-Body Length: 75-100 cm
Weight: up to 60 kg
Identification: The giant armadillo is characterized by the armored and moveable plates along its back. It also has long claws on its forefeet.
Habitat: Forests
Diet: Carnivore: ants, termites, other insects, worms, spiders, snakes, carrion
Reproduction: After gestating for four months, female armadillos give birth to one or two young. The young are weaned when they are 1-1.5 months old.
Behavior: Armadillos are nocturnal animals. They will often sit on their hind feet, supported by their tail.
Status: Endangered

 Interesting-Facts: The front claws can be up to 20 cm long. The mouth holds 100 small teeth that shed as the armadillo ages.

Geographic: Northern South America
Central South America Date:1967-06 Subjects:Armadillos
Xenarthra
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata 
Geographic: 
Northern South America
Central South AmericaDate:1967-06Subjects:Armadillos
Xenarthra
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata 

KEY FACTS

Name Giant armadillo, olloquially tatou, ocarro, tatu-canastra or tatú carreta, Priodontes maximus
Origin It lives in South America, ranging throughout as far south as northern Argentina.
Size 19 – 33 kg
Litter Size One or two
Life span 15-16 years
Reproduction After gestating for four months, female armadillos give birth to one or two young. The young are weaned when they are 1-1.5 months old.
Height 50 cms (20 inches)
Weight 19 – 33 kg
Colors Its body is dark brown in color, with a lighter, yellowish band running along the sides, and a pale, yellow-white head.

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scientific classification

Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Mammalia
Order – Xenarthra
Family – Dasypodidae
Genus – Priodontes
Genus SpeciesPriodontes maximus

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