Armadillos

  •  Armadillos have four babies at a time, and they are always the same gender
  •  The only animal, besides humans that can get leprosy is the Armadillo.   
  •  Armadillo’s do not have any enamel on their teeth.
  • The official state mammal of Texas is the armadillo.
  • While digging, an Armadillo can hold its breath for up to six minutes.
  • An armadillo can walk under water.
  • Armadillos can be housebroken.
  • An armadillo roots around the forest floor in search of food. Armadillos have poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell and long claws for digging  .

  •  Baby armadillos have soft shells, like human fingernails. They get harder as the animal grows, depositing bone under the skin to make a solid shell.
  • In many parts of the world, including the United States, you might find armadillo meat on the menu. During the Great Depression of the 1920’s, armadillos were nicknamed “Hoover Hogs” by the people who ate them. The name was a bitter jab at President Herbert Hoover, who had promised “a chicken in every pot” but had instead presided over a collapse of the US economy following World War I.   

  • Like most insect eating mammals, armadillos have a very long, sticky tongue to slurp up bugs as quickly as possible. They also are equipped with strong claws to tear open ant nests. Their cousins, the anteaters, have very similar tongues and claws.   

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