Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Protecting the Armadillos

Armadillos have an armor of plates on their back, head, legs and tail. This shell serves as protection, but only the 3-banded armadillo can actually curl up into it. The common 9-banded one (found in the United States) cannot. They live in warm climates because they have an extremely slow metabolism. In fact, unexpected cold weather can wipe out entire populations.

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