Armadillos are found in grasslands and open forests from the southern United States through most of South America.There are twenty different species of armadillos, all ranging greatly in size. The smallest, the pink fairy armadillo, comes from the plains of western Argentina. It measures about six inches and weighs only about three ounces. As you might guess, the giant armadillo is the largest species. It can be found in the eastern portion of South America and measures up to five feet and weighs up to 130 pounds.
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- Most armadillos cannot roll up into balls, as many people have believed. Their plates prevent it. (Only one species can since its shell is divided into three sections giving it “flexibility”).
- Some armadillos can jump as high as 3 ft (1 m) straight up to confuse or avoid predators.
- Most armadillos have a litter of four young—two males and two females.
Rustle the Armadillo loves three things: eating, sleeping and taking baths!