Southern Three-banded Armadillo
Estimated Wild Population
Southern three-banded armadillo were named for the three distinct hinges across their mid-section that allow them to curl into a ball when threatened. These small mammals weigh about three pounds and can reach up to 12 inches in length. They typically feed on ants, beetle larvae, and termites. A long, sticky tongue helps them gather their food from hard-to-reach places, such as termite mounds. They are solitary and only come together to breed.
Interesting Fact 1
Southern three-banded armadillos are the only mammals that can fully close their durable shell into an armored ball.
Interesting Fact 2
They use their long, sharp claws to dig into sturdy termite mounds and break open tree bark while searching for food.
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