Ten Interesting Armadillo Facts For Your Reading Pleasure.
Here are ten neat armadillo facts for your reading pleasure:
1.) Armadillos are true mammals. They have hair; give birth to live young (which are called pups); and the females produce milk for their babies.
2.) Contrary to their appearance, armadillos are neither fierce nor dangerous. They are very peaceful creatures who spend most of their time sleeping in underground burrows.
3.) There are twenty different kinds of armadillos.
4.) The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest armadillo - it's just a few inches long, approximately 90-115 mm (3 1/4-4 1/2 inches excluding the tail).
5.) The largest armadillo is the giant armadillo- it measures three feet in length when fully grown.
6.) Most armadillos are identified by the number of bands in their armor.
7.) While most armadillos have three, six, or nine bands, some have as many as twenty-two bands!
8.) When protecting itself, the three-banded armadillo (and only this kind) can roll itself into a tight ball. The three-banded armadillo is able to do so since its head and tail are shaped like triangles, enabling it to fit together like a puzzle.
9.) The female nine-banded armadillo always gives birth to quadruplets (although one source stated that there are two kinds of armadillos that give birth to twenty identical babies! - it never stated which two so I'll be doing further research on this one)
10.) Armadillos can capture sixty to seventy ants with just one lick of their long tongue.
These ten facts are just a taste of how amazing the armadillo really is. There is so much more to learn, that it can't be contained in one article.
It's no wonder then, that the "little armored one;" although strange looking; is truly a fascinating creature! (https://www.msu.edu/~nixonjos/armadillo/ a great link full of fascinating little-known armadillo facts)