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Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:45-50 cm
Weight:3-7 kg
Identification:The carapace of the nine-banded armadillo usually has nine bands, but can have anywhere from seven to eleven. It also has a painted head and sharp claws.
Habitat:Arid grasslands, semi deserts
Diet:Carnivore: insects, spiders, small reptiles, amphibians, eggs
Reproduction:Mating takes place in July or August. Implantation of the fertilized egg, however, is delayed until November. Gestation then takes 120 days. Four same-sex offspring are born and are completely identical - they all came from the same fertilized egg.
A single burrow may be shared by several armadillos.
Behavior:Armadillos are nocturnal. They do not curl up into a ball when threatened, as is often portrayed. Rather, they wedge themselves into a burrow with their hard carapace facing out.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the most common and widespread armadillo species.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Central South America
Date:1976-01 Subjects:edentate
Common long-nosed armadillo
Nine-banded armadillo
Dasypus
Armadillos
Xenarthra
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata