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.

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


Insects and fruit


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

50 cm


The maximum length is 50cm


Enjoys a lifespan of up to 18 years in captivity


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