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Original art by Barbara Drake.
Armadillos are New World mammals with a leathery armor shell.
The word Armadillo in Spanish means "little armored one".
The nine-banded armadillo is the only species of armadillo that occurs in North America.
The range of the species extends into N. Oklahoma-Arkansas and east to Georgia-Florida.
They are mainly nocturnal and solitary and found in a large variety of habitats.
The animal is an insectivore, feeding mainly on ants, termites and small invertebrates.
The Texas armadillo is about the size of a large cat.
The species has rigid shields over the shoulders and hips, with nine-bands separated by flexible skin.
Unlike the 3-banded armadillo, the 9-banded cannot roll itself into a ball.
They can float across rivers by inflating their intestines, or can sink and run across riverbeds.
They can jump 3-4 feet (91-120 cm) straight into the air if frightened.
Armadillo racing became popular in Texas during the 1970s, which spread to Canada and Europe.
In 1981, the nine-banded armadillo was declared the official mascot of Texas.
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August 6th, 2012
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