Armadillo

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Armadillo

Armadillos

DietArmadillos mainly eat insects that you would find the insects under your lawn and garden beds. Armadillos get to this food by digging holes as they are excellent diggers. Of the insects that they eat they mainly prefer beetles, ants, termites, so to us they are the good guys of the ecosystem. But they don’t only eat insects; some have been known to eat cotton tailed bunnies. So look out!

Fun Facts: - Nickname: hillbilly speed bump - 19 different species of armadillos- Can hold breath for 6 minutes under water- Great sense of smell

Four Times the FunWhen it comes to reproduction, the nine-banded armadillo is unique. Once two armadillos mate in July, the fertilized egg remains dormant until November. This process is known as delayed implantation. Upon implantation, the single egg divides into quadruplets that are genetically identical. In the next four months, the kits, or baby armadillos, are born fully developed except for their hard shells which grow later.

Made to DigWith their strong claws and stubby, powerful legs, armadillos are designed for digging. They dig many burrows and bolt-holes that they can interlink with tunnels. As well as their homes, armadillos also dig for food. The ability to dig is a major aspect in their lives, and extremely vital to their survival.

Armadillo, meaning "little armored one" in Spanish, is a New World Placental mammal. They are a part of the Dasypodidae family, and they originated from South America. An armadillo's scientific name is Cingulata, and its genes is dasypus. The most common type of armadillo in Texas is the nine-banded armadillo.

LeprosyArmadillos are one of the few animals, besides humans, that can carry leprosy. In addition, amradillos can suffer from the disease. Armadillos also have a low body temperature being around 91-97 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the fact that the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae likes lower body temperature, it makes armadillos especially susceptible.

ShellThe shell of an armadillo is very hard and makes it look rough to humans. The shell of an armadillo is like the shell of a turtle, they can not take it off. If something were to take it off then the armadillo would die. Under the shell is a pink squishy body that is quite venerable to predators. The shell is made completely of bone and is attached to the animals other bones like a turtle. However, it does not cover the stomach of an armadillo, that is why it curls up into a ball so that nothing can get to its only venerable place.

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