The armadillo, not much bigger than a lunchbox, is covered with platelets on its midsection, has hornlike skin, stiff hoods on its shoulders and hips, and additional protection on its face, tail, and feet.
Armadillo means "armed" in Spanish, and the animal's natural armor gives it a weight of about 17 pounds.
The armadillo eats ants and other ground insects and is classified as a meat-eater. Its official name is Dasypus Novemcinctus.
Most armadillos cannot roll themselves into a ball for protection. Only the three-banded armadillo is capable of this.
Although armadillos do not have the best eye-sight, they are not blind as many believe. They rely mainly on their sense of smell and hearing to find food.
Armadillos are very good swimmers both above and under water.
Armadillos produce minimal body heat. Cold weather can quickly cause frostbite or even death.