Let’s learn 10 armadillo facts with free worksheets you can color as you learn!
If you live in Texas, you’ve probably seen a little nocturnal animal called ‘armadillo’ walking around, showing off its shell at night. In fact, armadillos are the official state animal of Texas, but you can also find them in several parts of Latin America.
These little animals (which you can hold in the palm of your hands) have poor eyesight and a strong sense of smell and are great swimmers. But there’s so much more to learn about them! Are you ready?
10 armadillo facts you didn’t know about
- Armadillos are wild animals with small eyes, a shell, and are shaped like a barrel that are related to anteaters and sloths; they might be black, red, gray or yellow.
- There are 20 different species of armadillos, and all of them except one live in South America. The nine-banded armadillo is the only species that lives in the United States.
- Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear shells that cover the back, head, legs, and tails.
- Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover their bodies.
- Despite popular belief, only two types of armadillos can roll themselves into a ball: the Brazilian armadillo and the southern three-banded armadillo.
- The giant armadillo (priodontes maximus) is the largest species and can grow up to 4.9 ft in length and weigh as much as 99 pounds.
- The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest armadillo (3.5 inches) and, sadly, is endangered because of habitat loss and domestic dogs.
- Armadillos have sticky tongues that they use to eat. A nine-banded armadillo can eat thousands of ants in one single meal!
- Armadillo shells are made up of bony external plates with scales, but underneath, they have softer skin.
- Baby armadillos are called pups! The seven-banded armadillo has 8 to 15 identical pups at one time.
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