The six-banded armadillo is typically between 40 and 50 centimetres (16 and 20 in) in length, and weighs 3.2 to 6.5 kilograms. The carapace is pale yellow to reddish brown, marked by scales of equal length, and scantily covered in bristle-like hairs. The forefeet have five distinct toes, each with moderately developed claws.
Six-banded armadillos are efficient diggers and form burrows to live in and search for prey. The armadillo is alert and primarily solitary. They are omnivorous, feeding on insects, carrion, and plant material. Due to their poor eyesight, armadillos rely on their sense of smell to detect prey and predators. Births take place throughout the year; gestation is 60 to 64 days long, after which a litter of one to three is born.
The IUCN classifies the six-banded armadillo as least concern, due to its wide distribution, adaptability and stable population. They also live in several protected areas. Although there are no major threats to its survival, six-banded armadillo populations north of the Amazon River might be declining due to human settlement and industrial expansion. Armadillos are reportedly hunted for medicinal purposes.
Latin name - Euphractus sexcinctus
Class - Mammalia
Order - Cingulata
Family - Chlamyphoridae
IUCN Status - Least Concern
Habitat - Savannas, primary and secondary forests, shrublands and deciduous forests
Distribution - Brazil and southern Suriname in the northeast through Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay into northern Argentina in the southeast
Our six-banded armadillo is aptly named Peludo, the Spanish word for hairy. You'll understand why when you see him! Peludo loves breaking into rotten logs, digging for hidden insects and lying on his back so the warmth of his basking area hits his belly!
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