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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Xenarthra
Family:Dasypodidae
Genus:Dasypus
Genus species:Dasypus septemcincus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:20-30.5 cm
Weight:1.45-1.8 kg
Identification:The body of the seven-banded armadillo is entirely covered in cornfield plates. They usually have 6-7 mobile bands. Occasionally, there are eight mobile bands, attached to the pelvic shield and only mobile at the sides. The armor of the seven-banded armadillo is darker at the sides than the nine-banded species.
Habitat:Open grasslands
Diet:Omnivore: larvae, worms, mushrooms and fruits
Reproduction:Gestation is usually about 140 days. There are 4-12 born per litter.
The social structure of this armadillo is variable; sometimes they are solitary and other times they are found in groups.
Behavior:The seven-banded armadillo is primarily nocturnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:All species of armadillo have lost their canine teeth through evolution. The enemies of the seven-banded armadillo include the maned dog and the coyote.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern South America Date:1976-01 Subjects:Seven-banded armadillo
edentate
Dasypus
Armadillos
Xenarthra
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata