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Nine-banded armadillo
(Dasypus novemcinctus)
walrus
Description
They are covered by an outer body armor made up of bony plates. These scales (osteoderms) provide a hard but flexible covering. Their heads are partially covered in these bony/keratinous scales, but the ears lack them. Instead, ears are hairless and covered in a rough, bumpy skin. Their underside also lacks any armored protection and is of a paler color, generally appearing slightly yellow. They have a long snout, much softer and pinkish in color, appearing almost pig-like with its narrow, tapered shape. The face, neck, and underside are covered in small clusters of hair. They have short legs with 4 toes on the forefoot and 5 toes on the hindfoot.
Dimensions
Their body's average range is 15 to 17 inches long, adding a tail about 14 to 16 inches long. Their average weight is 11 to 15 lb.
Diet
They eat insects, grubs and worms. Sometimes eat fruit, small reptiles and amphibians and bird eggs.
Habitat & Range
Inhabit forest and scrub-brush areas in tropical and temperate regions. They can be found in Southeast, Southwest, Florida and Texas.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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