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Six-banded Armadillo


Six-banded Armadillo
Habitat

Can be found in different habitats, ranging from grassland to rainforest, but it is mainly found on open plains.

Wild Diet

Six-banded armadillos will eat fruit, leaves and occasionally meat.

Behaviour

Despite their unusual appearance, armadillos are closely related to sloths and anteaters. They have a tough plated shell that is made of true bone to protect them from predators. The six-banded or yellow armadillo as it is also known has 6 to 8 movable bands between their armour plates. They have 5 toes on each foot equipped with sharp claws that are well developed for digging. These solitary creatures keep their dens for longer than other species.

Breeding

Their young are born all year round and are very rapid developers, reaching maturity at 9 months old. Females give birth to 1 to 3 offspring, which can take solid food at a month old.

Threats

Unfortunately the six-banded armadillo is persecuted in the wild, due to their reputation as a crop pest. They are also hunted locally for their meat and for their armoured shell.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Euphractus sexcinctus
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Cingulata
  • Family: Dasypodidae
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
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