CREATURE FEATURE: Large Hairy Armadillo

The Large Hairy Armadillo (Chaetophractus villosus) is a mammal related to the Anteater and the Sloth. 

The Large Hairy Armadillo has a series of thin, grey bony plates along its head and back. This leathery shell is called a carapace. Its pinkish-white underbelly is covered in long, coarse hair. It has long, powerful claws on its front legs for digging. It has a long snout (nose), small beige ears, and small eyes. 

It grows to 26-34 centimetres (10-13 inches) long. Its tail measures 9-17 centimetres (3-7 inches) long. 

Large Hairy Armadillo

The Large Hairy Armadillo is native to the southern region of South America, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Patagonia, the Pampas, and Chile. It prefers grasslands, savannahs, and forests. 

It is nocturnal, active mainly at night.  

It digs a burrow underground and lives most of its time in the burrow. It makes both temporary shallow burrows and long-term complex and deeper burrows, depending upon food sources. 

The Large Hairy Armadillo eats worms and insects. 

The female is pregnant for 60-75 days, before she gives birth to one or two live young. The mother nurses her young for 50-80 days.  

It lives on average for 30 years. 

Large Hairy Armadillo
Large Hairy Armadillo
Large Hairy Armadillo
Large Hairy Armadillo
Large Hairy Armadillo
Large Hairy Armadillo

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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