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    Armadillo (Dasypodidae)

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    Armadillo (Dasypodidae)

    Post by sesrocker on April 27th 2009, 19:52



    Scientific Name: Dasypodidae
    Type: Mammal
    Diet: Omnivore
    Average lifespan in captivity: 12 to 15 years
    Size: 5 to 59 in (13 to 150 cm)
    Weight: 3 oz to 120 lbs (85 g to 54 kg)
    Protection status: Threatened

    Distribution:
    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.

    Phisycal Characteristics
    They vary widely in size and color, from the 6-inch-long (15-centimeter-long), salmon-colored pink fairy armadillo to the 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long), dark-brown giant armadillos. Others have black, red, gray, or yellowish coloring.

    Contrary to popular belief, not all armadillos are able to encase themselves in their shells. In fact, only the three-banded armadillo can, curling its head and back feet and contorting its shell into a hard ball that confounds would-be predators.

    Habitat
    Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts.

    Biggest Threats
    Population numbers of nearly all species are threatened by habitat loss and over-hunting. Many cultures in the Americas consume armadillo flesh, which is said to resemble pork in its flavor and texture. Currently, only the nine-band population is expanding, and some species, including the pink fairy, are threatened.

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