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The animal that I chose is the armadillo!! The reason that I chose it is because to me it strikes me as a very unique animal and I wanted to learn more about it.

Aramdillo in Spanish means "little armor one" because it is known for having a leathery armor shell.

Every animal has four characteristics:
  • It reproduces: The armadillo's mating season takes place during two to three-months between November and January in the Southern Hemisphere and between July and August in the Northern Hemisphere. An egg is ferilized but the implantation can be delayed by as much as four months to make sure the baby will not be born during a bad time. An interesting fact is that nine-banded armadillos always give birth to four identical babies. This is the only mammal known to do this. A female armadillo can produce up to 56 babies over the course of her lifetime.
  • Has more than one cell: Armadillos have more than one cell because they have blood cells, brain cells, tooth cells, hair cells, claw cells, etc.
  • Grows and develops: The armadillo starts off as an egg and then grows larger by meeting its needs for food and water. The average armadillo is about the size of a terrier dog and weighs 3.60 to 7.70 kg.
  • Can respond: Armadillos can respond by running away if predators are looking to harm them. They can also respond if they need to get food and water by moving to get the resources they need.

Every animal must have these to survive:

Food: Armadillos look for meals by pushing their snouts into loose soil and leaves digging in quick patterns. They also dig up grubs, beetles, termites, ants and worms.
Water: Armadillos get water by drinking from lakes, rivers, ponds and other water sources.

Air: Armadillos get air by breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide from their lungs. They love to swim but they cannot breathe under water.

Shelter: Armadillos get their shelter by making burrows with twigs and sticks. This protects them from bad weather and predators and gives them a safe place to raise their young. The 3-banded armadillo does not usually bother to make its own burrow but instead finds a abandoned anteater's burrow for shelter.

The scientific classification of the armadillo:

Animalia - That means the armadillo is an animal that is multicellular.

Chordata-This means the armadillo has a vertebrate (a backbone).

Mammalia-This means the armadillo is a mammal that is a member of a class of air breathing vertebrate animal that have hair.

Eutheria-This means the armadillo is a group of mammals consisting of placental mammals. Eutheria means "true/good beasts".

Xenarthra-This means the armadillo is a group of placental mammals.

Cingulata - This means armadillo-like animals that have shells like girdles. Today only the armadillo is in this order. Five other families that used to be in this order are now extinct.

Pampatheriidae (prehistoric)- This type of armadillo (pampatheriidae) is ancient and is now extinct.
Glyptodontidae (prehistoric)-This type of armadillo was large and a heavy armored realative of modern armadillos and extinct pampatheriidae.
Interesting Armadillo Facts

-Did you know that not all armadillos are able to encase themselves in their shells? Only the three-banded armadillo can do this by curling its head and back feet and bending its shell into a hard ball. This helps the armadillo to survive by protecting itself from predators.
-Armadillos have very poor eyesight so they have to rely on their keen sense of smell and long claws for digging.
-Currently only the nine-banded armadillos are reproducing and other armadillo species including the pink fairy are threatened.
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-Armadillos are great swimmers and can float in water by trapping air in their intestines. They can also hold their breath for up to six minutes!!!!
-Babies do not have armor, but have soft leathery skin instead, which hardens with time as they get older.
-Armadillos' sides, limbs and their tails are a great sources of protection against predators. Also they have huge claws which are used to help them dig up soil to find food items like insects.
-If armadillos can't dig under something they will climb over it and are very good at climbing fences and trees.

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