I recently had a request to write about armadillos as they are the school mascot of one of my readers. I’ve already written about Brazilian three-banded armadillos, so I thought that I would write about another member of the family called the pink fairy armadillo.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute little mammals only grow about 11 cm long, making them the smallest species of armadillo in the world.
- Pink fairy armadillos have very powerful claws and a thin body that helps them to dig very quickly in their search for food, which includes ants, larvae, worms, snails and plants.
- Like other armadillos, they have a shell on their back to protect them, however, their shells are much softer than the others.
- They have very poor eyesight, but have an excellent sense of smell to make up for it.
- Pink fairy armadillos are found in the grasslands and deserts of central Argentina. They aren’t seen very often, but it is thought that their numbers are dropping due to loss of habitat, dogs and hunting.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about pink fairy armadillos?