Hi, I am an Armadillo. I carry around with me a hardshell with nine bands for my protection. You can find me in North America, and South America. I inhabit rainforests, semi-aired areas and grasslands. We are being threatened everyday from hunting and our habitats being lost.
I am pinkish, dark brown, black, red, gray or yellowish in color. My whole body is covered with bony plates, and only a three banded Armadillo can curl into a ball to protect itself from predators. If I get scared I will run very quickly and dig a hole and hide.
I am so lucky to have long claws and legs that can help me dig and even help me make underground tunnels. I love to sleep 16 to 18 hours a day in my cozy burrow. I dig to find food which consists of insects. I also like to eat small mammals, eggs, baby birds, roots, fruits, and carrion. I am like an anteater, because we both have long and sticky tongues that help find termites and ants.
I have very poor eyesight, but have a good sense of smell that will help me to find my food. I am a great swimmer, and I can hold my breath for 6 minutes when I dive into the water. Mating season takes place in July, and females become pregnant in November. Our females can even postpone pregnancy until environmental conditions are good.
From one egg, 4 identical babies will be born, without bony plates. It takes a few weeks for soft skin to turn into hard armor. If you see a creature that looks like a dinosaur of some sort… IT’S ME! SAY HELLO!
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