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The word "armadillo" is of Spanish origin and refers to the armor-like covering of these animals. The skin is remarkably modified to provide a double-layered covering of horn and bone over most of the upper surface and sides of the animals, and some protection to the underparts and limbs. Young look like miniature adults when they're born, and within a few days their leathery skin hardens into armor. Underparts are covered with soft-haired skin. Hair sometimes projects from under the side plates.

Armadillo Facts

Family: Dasypodidae

Order: Edentata

Close Relatives: Sloths, anteaters

Range: The armadillo is the state mammal of Texas. Originally native to South America, the armadillo now ranges as far north as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana. Found in all but the western Trans-Pecos portion of Texas in a variety of habitats; brush, woods, scrub and grasslands.

Average Weight: 8 - 17 lbs

Predators: Bobcats, wolves, coyotes

The Nine-banded Armadillo is a cat-sized, armored, insect-eating mammal. Similar in form to an anteater, the bony, scaled shell of the armadillo protects it from attacks by predators. Unfortunately, armadillos often fall victim to automobiles and are frequently found dead on roadsides.

Dilly Word Games:
Armadillies Word Search
Armadillies Word Scramble

Armadilly Links:

 Armadillo Central
Armadillo information, photos, facts, pictures, &stuffed plush merchandise.

Armadillo Online
Photos and facts; biology and life history for all 20 species

Nine Banded Armadillo
The Mammals of Texas - Online Edition. From Texas Parks and Wildlife.