Giant Armadillo

Similar Animals:
 Pichi
 Big Hairy Armadillo
 Andean Hairy Armadillo
 Screaming Hairy Armadillo
 Pink Fairy Armadillo
 Greater Fairy 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).

Habitat

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

Diet

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

Breeding

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.

Predators

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.

Subspecies

There are no subspecies of the Giant Armadillo.

Interesting Facts

Giant Armadillos are also known as:
Tatou
Ocarro
Tatu-canastra
Tatu Carreta

See a photo of a Giant Armadillo and her baby.



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