Screaming Hairy Armadillo

Chaetophractus vellerosus

As its name implies, the screaming hairy armadillo squeals when threatened, perhaps by a hungry jaguar. Resting inside a burrow dug deep into a sand dune, it escapes the heat of a summer day. In winter, the armadillo is more active during the day.

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where to see themWhere to see them: Education Programs
lengthLength: Up to 1.3 ft
weightWeight: 2 lbs
lifespanLifespan: 16 yrs
habitatHabitat: Desert, grassland, scrubland, and forest
dietDiet: Plants, insects, and other small animals

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