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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.

Did You Know?

Long hairs that stick out between the sections of its armor distinguish the screaming hairy armadillo from other armadillos.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Chaetophractus vellerosus

Central South America

Desert, grassland, scrubland, and forest

Up to 1.3 ft

16 years

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