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Ten Interesting Armadillo Facts For Your Reading Pleasure.

Updated on December 13, 2010
Pink Fairy Armadillo, Chlamyphorus truncatus.
Pink Fairy Armadillo, Chlamyphorus truncatus.
Six-Banned Armadillo.
Six-Banned Armadillo.
Three-Banned Armadillo.
Three-Banned Armadillo.

Found in the Western United States, Mexico, and South America, armadillos (also known as "little armored one") - although strange looking - are truly fascinating creatures.

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)

For the little armadillo in your life.

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    • stars439 profile image

      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great and interesting article. GBY

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by stars439 and your feedback.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great hub on armadillos, thanks for sharing Veronica. God speed. creativeone59

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That was interesting. Thank you for writing this hub.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Hello, hello for stopping by. I'm glad you found this interesting.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Veronica. Neat facts about armadillos. We have them in GA, also. We call them "possums on the half shell." lol.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Very interesting. I predict the pink fairy armadillo will become a trendy designer pet.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks habee and nicomp for stopping by. Habee - although I'm a Georgia resident as well, that is the first time I've heard of them being called that, but by their looks, it makes a whole lot of sense.

      Nicomp - I tend to agree with you, they are so cute and tiny, only time will tell.

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      Boy, do I know armadillos! They're cute, but too plentiful here. I can live without em.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I don't think I've ever seen what outside of a zoo. I do know they are abundant in certain areas though. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Nice hub. I had to check them out. I see them into south Carolina now when I never did before. I'm not sure they've made it to NC "big" yet. Thanks

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by Micky Dee. They are some fascinating creatures aren't they?

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