ANIMAL BYTES: THE NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO

CHEW ON THIS: The nine-banded armadillo is a land mammal. Once in a while, however, he has to cross a small body of water. He has two very unique methods of doing this. Method one is floating on the surface. The armadillo can literally inflate his intestines with air, creating the buoyancy he needs to […]

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  • The nine-banded armadillo is a land mammal. Once in a while, however, he has to cross a small body of water. He has two very unique methods of doing this. Method one is floating on the surface. The armadillo can literally inflate his intestines with air, creating the buoyancy he needs to cruise across to his destination. Method two is quite the opposite. Armadillos can hold their breaths for up to 6 minutes….so instead of floating, he might sink to the bottom and run across the river bed until he reaches dry land.

 

  • Female armadillos almost always give birth to identical quadruplets. The quadruplets develop from a single egg inside the uterous. Females reproduce every year for their entire life span (usually around 12 to 15 years). So if you do the math, one female armadillo can produce up to 60 babies during her life time!