The word ‘armadillo’ is derived from a Spanish word that means ‘little armoured one’. Their strong bony shell protects them from predators, although they are not able to roll into a ball like other types of armadillos. They are great diggers wit poor eyesight and live particularly on open plains.

Diet

Armadillos eat Insects and fruit

Habitat

All but one of the 20 species of armadillo come from Latin America – throughout Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Suriname and Uruguay.

Lifespan

Enjoys a lifespan of up to 18 years in captivity

Fact

Armadillos have a long sticky tongue that they use to lap up insects, especially ants.

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