Nine-Banded Armadillo

Nine-Banded Armadillo
Photographer: Hans Stieglitz

Nine-Banded Armadillo
Photographer: Vlad Lazarenko

Nine-Banded Armadillo Range Map (North & South America)
Nine-Banded Armadillo Range Map
(North & South America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Dasypus Novemcinctus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location North & South America
Colour Yellowish, Tan or Brown
Length 35 - 57 cms (14 - 22.5 inches)
Tail 24 - 45 cms (9.5 - 18 inches)
Weight 2.5 - 6.5 Kgs (5.5 - 14 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 + Yrs

Main Characteristics

The Nine-Banded Armadillo is the most common and widespread of the armadillo species. They have a body length between 35 and 57 cms (14 - 22.5 inches), a tail length between 24 and 45 cms (9.5 - 18 inches) and they weigh between 2.5 and 6.5 kgs (5.5 - 14 lbs).


Nine-Banded Armadillos can be found in a variety of habitats in North and South America.


Nine-Banded Armadillos are omnivores and they feed on a variety of plant matter, insects, small vertebrates and carrion.


After a gestation period of approximately 133 days, Nine-Banded Armadillos give birth to 4 young.


Nine-Banded Armadillos are preyed upon by mountain lions, maned wolves, coyotes, black bears, red wolves, jaguars, bobcats, alligators and birds of prey.


There are six subspecies of the Nine-Banded Armadillo:

Dasypus novemcinctus aequatorialis
Dasypus novemcinctus fenestratus
Dasypus novemcinctus hoplites
Dasypus novemcinctus mexianae
Dasypus novemcinctus mexicanus
Dasypus novemcinctus novemcinctus

Interesting Facts

The word armadillo is Spanish for "little armored one"

Nine-Banded Armadillos are also known as:
Nine-Banded, Long-Nosed Armadillo
Long-Nosed Armadillo

Similar Animals

Yepes's Mulita
Six-Banded Armadillo
Seven-Banded Armadillo
Hairy Long-Nosed Armadillo
Great Long-Nosed Armadillo
Llanos Long-Nosed Armadillo
Southern Long-Nosed Armadillo


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