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Armadillo: Big Hairy armadillo

Chaetophractus villosus
Mammal

IUCN Status
Classified as a species of least concern hairy armadillos are increasing in number and expanding their distribution (particularly into farmers cultivated fields).



Diet

An abundant species of Argentina living in grasslands, forests and savannah!

Habitat

An abundant species of Argentina living in grasslands, forests and savannah!

Behaviour

In the wild active at dusk and into the night, living during the day down excavated burrows

Breeding

A mammal, so 60 -75 days gestation in the wild giving birth usually in the spring and then suckling for another 50 to 80 days with a litter of one or two babies.

Fun Facts

The sloths and anteaters of today probably evolved from this actual species during the Eocene period!

Covered in bony plates for protection like our woodlouse this animal can breathe underground when completely submerged in soil particles (virtually all other animals would suffocate).

At The Zoo

 We have an imprinted and hand reared individual from Amazon World on the Isle of Wight called “Pedro” who is one of our contact animals during our animal encounters.