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 Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)




Nine-banded Armadillo | Dasypus novemcinctus photo
Nine-Banded Armadillo Digging In The Front Yard At Night. Mayport, Florida.

Photograph by Zack. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Nine-banded Armadillo | Dasypus novemcinctus photo
Nine-banded Armadillo. Photographed in Naples, Collier Co., Florida

Photograph by Vincent P Lucas. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO FACTS

Description
The Nine-banded Armadillo has leathery skin with hardened plates on the back and sides that overlap. The plates form overlapping bands. The number of bands varies from 7 to 11 with 9 being fairly common. The Armadillo has long ears and a long nose with snout like a pig. The front feet have four toes and rear feet have five toes. The legs are stout and used for digging

Size
total length is 61-80cm, the tail length, 24-37cm

Environment
savanna, grassland, forest, scrub forest. Armadillos dig burrows and often share them with rabbits, skunks or possums.

Food
Insects such as ants, beetles, and other invertebrates. Also feeds on small reptiles and amphibians. Sometimes eats small birds and small mammals. Fruit and berries are also eaten.

Breeding
Four to six young are born after gestation period of around 120 days. All young in the litter are same sex as they develop from a single egg. The young are born from March to April and are able walk a few hours after birth.

Range
from Peru and northern Argentina to the south-central and southeastern United States

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Xenarthra
Family:Dasypodidae
Genus:Dasypus
Species:novemcinctus
Common Name:Nine-banded Armadillo