Meet Our Animals > Southern Three-banded Armadillo
Quick Facts
Native to Grasslands or marshes near forest and savannah areas of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina
Primary Diet Beetle larvae, ants, termites, and fruit
Adult Weight 3 to 3.5 pounds
Lifespan 7 to 15 years
Status Near Threatened

Southern Three-banded Armadillo

The only armadillos that can completely enclose themselves in their own shell by rolling into a ball. When threatened, they roll up into ball, leaving only a small opening between the shell edges. If the animal is prodded through the opening, it quickly snaps fully shut like a steel trap.

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