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Giant Armadillo

Giant Armadillo illustration by Bruce Pearson
Priodontes maximus
Class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Cingulata
Family: 
Dasypodidae
IUCN Red List status: 
Vulnerable

Description

Protected by the following WLT projects:

All armadillo's have a distinctive tough carapace made from bony plates, overlaid by horny skin. It has 11-13 of these plates protecting its upper body, and a further 3-4 on the neck. The Giant Armadillo is the largest of the 20 armadillo species and can grow to 1.2 m in total length.

Behaviour

They generally emerge in the evening to forage for food, and to make burrows for shelter.

Habitat

Giant Armadillos are found mostly in undisturbed savannah or forest, usually close to water, from northern Venezuela to Paraguay and northern Argentina.

Threats and Conservation

The main threat to Giant Armadillos is over hunting for food and habitat destruction caused by rapidly spreading agriculture. It is estimated that approximately 50% of their former population has been lost in the last 10 years.

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