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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Xenarthra
Family:Dasypodidae
Genus:Priodontes
Genus species:Priodontes maximus

Animal Characteristics

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.

Other Information

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