The southern three-banded armadillo can smell worms as deep as 8 inches underground.
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Active at dusk and dawn, the armadillo uses its excellent sense of smell and powerful claws to forage for insects and worms.
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The three-banded armadillo is a member of the order Xenarthra, which means “without teeth.” The sloth and anteater are also in this order, but only the anteater is strictly toothless. Armadillos have simple, rootless molars that grow throughout their lives.
Most individuals have three movable bands but some have only two bands and others have four.
Armadillo head plates are unique to each armadillo, like human fingerprints.
“Armadillo” is a word of Spanish origin, referring to the armor-like covering of these animals.
Armadillo species with unusual names include the pink fairy armadillo and the screaming hairy armadillo
Unlike other armadillo species which dig burrows to shelter in, the 3-banded armadillo hides under a bush or in undergrowth by day. It often uses the abandoned burrows of anteater
Although the southern three-banded armadillo is still abundant in Paraguay, it is decreasing in other parts of its range, and has completely disappeared from Buenos Aires Province. Some populations can be found in protected areas, but the species as a whole is listed as near threatened. This is primarily due to habitat loss and hunting. The southern three-banded armadillo is easier than other species for humans to hunt for food and has a slow reproductive rate.