Giant Armadillo

Giant Armadillo Range Map (South America)
Giant Armadillo Range Map (South America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Priodontes maximus
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location South America
Colour Brown
Length 75 - 100 cm (30 - 39 inches)
Tail 50 cm (20 inches)
Weight 30 Kgs (66 lbs)
Life Expectancy

12 - 15 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Giant Armadillos are the largest species of armadillo. They have a body length between 75 and 100 cms (30 - 39 inches), a tail length of 50 cms (20 inches) and they weigh in the region of 30 kgs (66 lbs).


Giant Armadillos can be found in a variety of habitats in South America.


Giant Armadillos mainly feed on termites but they are also known to eat ants, worms, larvae and spiders.


After a gestation period of approximately 4 months, Giant Armadillos give birth to 1 - 2 young. They are weaned at 4 - 6 weeks and they reach sexual maturity at 9 - 12 months.


Due to their size and heavy shielding Giant Armadillos have few natural predators, however unlike other armadillos they cannot completely hide itself within its body armour so they sometimes fall prey to mountain lions, jaguars and humans.


There are no subspecies of the Giant Armadillo.

Interesting Facts

Giant Armadillos are also known as:
Tatu Carreta

Similar Animals

Big Hairy Armadillo
Andean Hairy Armadillo
Screaming Hairy Armadillo
Pink Fairy Armadillo
Greater Fairy Armadillo


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