Armadillo Facts

armadillo facts

Interesting Facts About Armadillo

An Armadillo is a New World placental mammal.  They generally have a lifespan of 12 – 15 years.

People do eat armadillo meat.  A pound of armadillo meat contains 780 calories.

Most armadillos seen dead on the road did not get hit by the wheels. When an armadillo is frightened it jumps straight into the air.

A very interesting fact about armadillos is the same sex nature of their offspring.  Armadillos have four babies at a time, always all the same sex. They are perfect quadruplets, the fertilized cell split into quarters, resulting in four identical armadillos.  This is really incredible and unique to the armadillo.

Armadillos get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day. Armadillos can walk underwater.

In your search for incredible things on this planet, please feel free to check out more interesting facts about amazing creatures like the Irish Elk, Hummingbird, Tibetan Mastiff, and Jaguar.

14 Comments on “Armadillo Facts”

  1. I put out water and an area to put scraps in my yard which is like a forest. i have an armadillo that works in the yard eating up the bugs. i found one in the empty water basin (i have 4, and one was broken so it didn’t have water.) i am not sure if it was sleeping or …what? i would like to able to accommodate these cute insecctivores.

  2. The bacteria Mycobacterium leprae can be cultured in the foot pads of armadillos, meaning that the feet of the armadillo provides a suitable environment for the bacteria to reproduce. But the probability are low that armadillos can spread leprosy, for it is mainly used as a lab technique to culture the microorganism causing leprosy

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