February 27, 2014

Armoured division

Armoured division by ricmcarthur
Armoured division, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
his is a nine-banded armadillo that we saw in Texas.
I thought you might appreciate a break from birds and/or winter.The one thing that tells everyone they are looking at an armadillo is the roly-poly shell with what are called "armoured" bands. The number of bands depends on the species. The pleated look of most armadillos is made of these hardened, overlapping sections. Although the bands are tough like fingernails, the shell is flexible, with softer skin that expands and contracts between the bands.

Armadillos also have long claws for digging and foraging for food. Their peg-shaped teeth crunch through the bodies of insects, an armadillo's favourite food.

Armadillo is Spanish for little armoured thing.
Part of the armadillo's family name Dasypodidae, “dasypus,” is Greek for rabbit.

The nine-banded armadillo has four identical pups in every litter.

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