Meet the six-band armadillo

The six-banded armadillo, also known as gualacate or poyú, is a species of South American armadillo present in several countries in Latin America. Very little known, armadillos have characteristics that make them unique in the animal kingdom.

Meet the armadillos

Armadillos are mammals belonging to the family Dasypodidae , all characterized by having a carapace on plates and even, in some cases, by the ability to form a ball with your body. All armadillos are nocturnal animals and diggers , and they have teeth without enamel of continuous growth.

Armadillos are a group of ancient animals, most of them isolated in South America , although there are at least two species that arrive in the United States. This group of animals is reminiscent of the pangolin, an Asian species considered one of the animals endangered by oriental medicine.

Characteristics of the six-banded armadillo

Specifically, the armadillo of six bands or armadillo amarillo is a species of armadillo of about 50 centimeters in length , and that weighs between three and six kilograms.

Like other armadillos, it possesses a brown carapace covered by a thin layer of hair and has large claws.

It may seem small, because the truth is that armadillos do not have large dimensions. It is considered the third largest armadillo that exists after the long-nosed armadillo and the giant armadillo, an animal that can reach more than 50 kilograms.

Interestingly, the six-banded armadillo has odoriferous glands in the tail plates , something that is observed in very few armadillos and that intervenes in the communication between the animals of its species.

Armadillo behavior of six bands

As for his behavior, the six-banded armadillo is a solitary and nocturnal animal that has poor vision , so it delegates to the nose at the time to look for your food. And this animal has a very varied diet.

Although many people think that armadillos only eat vegetables, the truth is that they are animals that consume many insects and even they are carrion animals that feed on the corpses of other mammals, since they have a hard time hunting.

Like other members of this group, they are large excavators that make tunnels in a 'U' shape that act as shelters for these animals.

As for their reproduction, they have a gestation of two months after which a litter of up to three individuals of about 100 grams each is born. The weaning of these animals occurs a month, and they end up being adults at nine months, after which they can live almost two decades.

Habitat and threats of the six-band armadillo

The six-banded armadillo is a species that lives in primary and secondary forests, as well as Savanna ecosystems. This animal can live in agricultural areas and has a territory of more than 90 hectares.

Although the species is not considered endangered in terms of threats and conservation , the truth is that it is still hunted for false medicinal properties. Although, unlike other armadillos, its meat is hardly consumed thanks to the taboos that awaken its diet.