Physical description[ edit ] The Andean hairy armadillo averages a tail length of three to seven inches and a body length of eight to sixteen inches. This armadillo is found to have eighteen dorsal bands, in which eight are considered movable. The Andean hairy armadillo gets its name genuinely because this armadillo has hair covering all of its ventral side and its legs as well. Their teeth are unique because they are continuously growing and do not contain enamel. Their average weight tends to be four and a half to five pounds. They maintain an internal temperature and use limb countercurrent exchange as well.
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Northern Paraguay and probably southern Bolivia to central Argentina. Size and Weight: Head and body length: — mm 8. Tail length: 90 — mm 3. Average weight: 2. Description: The banded portion of the carapace has 18 bands, of which 7 or 8 are moveable.
All members of the genus Chaetophractus have more hair than most armadillos. The hair projects from the scales of the armor and the underside of the body and limbs are covered by whitish or light brown hairs.
Habitat: Open areas; often found in semi—desert locations. Ecology: Mainly nocturnal in summer to avoid heat, and diurnal in winter. Reported home range is about 3. All members of the genus Chaetophractus live in burrows, and try to dig burrows as an escape mechanism. If unable to dig, C. This is an effective defense against canid or avian predators. Emits a snarling noise when pursued.
The animal anchors itself in its burrow by flexing its body so that the shell edges dig into dirt. All members of the genus Chaetophractus burrow under carcasses to obtain maggots and other insects, and have been reported to burrow directly into carcasses at times.
They occasionally dig up insects by forcing their head directly into ground a few centimeters. Some individuals have been seen killing small snakes by jumping on them, using the edge of the shell to cut them.
Hunted as an agricultural pest and for food. Biology: C. The gestation time is 2 months, and there may be multiple litters per year. Generally two young are produced, usually 1 male and 1 female.
The young open their eyes at 16 — 30 days, are weaned at 50 — 60 days, and reach sexual maturity at 9 months. One C. Pictures: Do you have a picture of C. Please see the Armadillos Wanted page to see how you can help. Average weight: 0. Ecology: C. Mainly nocturnal in summer to avoid heat, and diurnal in winter.
Over half of its food intake in winter is vegetation. In summer it eats many rodents, lizards and other small vertebrates. Sometimes called the screaming hairy armadillo due to the squealing noises it emits when threatened. Biology: The gestation time is 2 months, and there may be multiple litters per year.
Sources Nowak, R. Additional references listed on the Sources and Credits page.
Andean hairy armadillo