Big hairy armadillo

Big hairy armadillo

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Phylum
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Class
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SPECIES
Chaetophractus villosus
WEIGHT
2 kg
LENGTH
220-400 mm

The big hairy armadillo or large hairy armadillo is one of the largest and most numerous armadillos in South America. It lives from sea level to altitudes of up to 1,300 meters across the southern portion of South America, and can be found in grasslands, forests, and savannahs, and has even started claiming agricultural areas as its home. It is an accomplished digger and spends most of its time below ground. It makes both temporary and long-term burrows, depending on its food source. The armadillo can use specially evolved membranes in its nose to obtain oxygen from the surrounding soil particles without inhaling any of the soil itself. Armadillos are protected from predators by a series of thin, bony plates along the head and back. They reach sexual maturity at around 9 months and have been known to live over 30 years in captivity. Though this animal is routinely harvested for its meat and its shell, or simply killed for pestering farmers, it has shown amazing resiliency, and populations seem to be handling this exploitation well. Currently, no protective practices are in place for this armadillo, but it does live in many protected areas. This species of armadillo is a preferred research animal due to its adaptability to laboratory settings, and relative hardiness in situations of stress.

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No

Nocturnal

Om

Omnivore

Te

Terrestrial

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Geography

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Habits and Lifestyle

Lifestyle
Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

PREGNANCY DURATION
2 months
BABY CARRYING
2

References

1. Big hairy armadillo Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_hairy_armadillo
2. Big hairy armadillo on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/4369/47438745

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