Three-banded Armadillo

Tolypeutes matacus

Armadillos are famous for their defensive, armored shells. The three-banded armadillo can actually roll itself completely into a ball. Often it will leave its shell open just enough for a would-be predator’s nose or paw to poke through. Suddenly the armadillo slams shut its shell, clamping down tightly and causing injury to the intruder, which is generally enough to send a predator packing.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Education Programs
lengthLength: Up to 1 ft
weightWeight: 3 to 3.5 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 16 yrs
habitatHabitat: Grassland, wetland, and forest
dietDiet: Ants and termites
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)