Nine banded armadillo - can have between 7 to 11 bands

Armadillo The most widespread of the armadillo's, the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), can be found in North America, Central America and South America. Despite its name, NINE-banded armadillo, it can have between 7 to 11 bands. They become active during the night and at twilight or before sunrise. Contrary to popular belief, nine-banded armadillos do not curl up into a ball when threatened, but outrun their predators. It as an omnivorous creature, but basically eats ants, beetles, other artropods, small reptiles and amphibians. Armadillos have proven valuable for use in medical research on multiple births, organ transplants, birth defects and diseases.

Keywords: nocturnal

Which zoos have them?
Artis (Netherlands)

The Common long-nosed armadillo, nine-banded armadillo is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the ninebanded armadillo
A young / baby of a ninebanded armadillo is called a 'pup'. The females are called 'zed' and males 'lister'. A ninebanded armadillo group is called a 'fez'.
Some facts about the
Common long-nosed armadillo

Adult weight : 5.5 kg (12.1 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 22 years

Female maturity :365 days

Male maturity : 365 days

Gestation : 133 days

Weaning : 137 days

Litter size : 4

Litters per year : 1

Weight at birth : 0.066 kg (0.1452 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 5 W

Body mass : 3.414 kg (7.5108 lbs)

Temperature : 34.85 °C (94.73 °F)

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