Southern three-banded armadillo
Latin name: Tolypeutes matacus
An Efficient Defense!
- It stands out by its ability to completely roll itself into a ball that can easily withstand dog and coyote bites. Its shell is made up of very thick armored bands that can bend in the center.
- It tears into termite mounds and ant hills with its long claws. Its elongated snout and long sticky tongue are used to capture its preys.
- A female only has a single offspring each year; it is pink at birth and its soft body plates gradually harden with time. The young is able to roll itself into the size of a golf ball.
- It is still hunted by the South American peoples for its edible flesh. It is easily captured due to its method of defense.
- It is vulnerable because of the souvenir tourist trade. Handbags, trash cans and other unusual creations are made from its skin are available for sale in some local markets.
Central and Southern S. America