SIX BANDED-ARMADILLO

Located under the large oak tree with the marmosets live our six-banded armadillos.


SIX-BANDED ARMADILLO

Euphractus sexcinctus

Six-banded armadillos are typically 40-50 centimetres long and can weigh up to 6.5kg.

Armadillos are omnivorous which means they eat a variety of fruit, veg, insects and small animals. They can curl up in a ball, like a woodlouse, and their bony armour protects them from predators in the South American forests and savannahs.

Primarily solitary, six-banded armadillos have very poor eyesight, relying on their keen sense of smell to detect prey and predators. They are extremely efficient diggers, and use burrows to live and search for prey. Six-banded armadillos will dig with their forefeet and sharp claws, flinging the soil behind them as they dig.

  • Six-banded armadillo
  • Six-banded armadillo

FACT FILE

Least Concern

Six-banded armadillos are listed as least concern on the IUCN red list.

Six-banded armadillos are found throughout South America. Their habitat includes:

  • Savanna
  • Forests

Six-banded armadillos are omnivores and feed mainly on invertebrates, insects, fruit and nuts.

Six-banded armadillos’ primary threat is habitat loss.


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