Six-banded Armadillo

Euphractus sexcinctus

An armadillo’s protective shell is made of bony plates, called scutes, covered with horny skin. Where the armadillo is most vulnerable to natural predators is the underbelly, which is soft and hairy as it would be with most other mammals.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Education Programs
lengthLength: 1.3 to 1.6 ft
weightWeight: 7 to 14 lbs
lifespanLifespan: 15 yrs
habitatHabitat: Grassland
dietDiet: Plants and insects