early spanish explorers in central america called it "el armadillo"
- "the armored one." its body looks like a knight's armor.
in the wild, the armadillo is a true insect-eating machine with
its snout to the ground, rooting like a pig, packing away over 200
pounds of insects in a year, and contributing admirably to the control
of insect overpopulation! the armadillo is a world-class digger
found only in the americas - southern united states, mexico, central
and south america. in mississippi, it is nicknamed the "grave
armadillo wears a stiff, leathery wrapping. the head and rump are
solid: the middle is divided into flexible bands. the flexible bands
allow the armadillo to roll up into a tight ball for protection
if it can't escape by digging. where can you tickle an armadillo?
on its belly. this is the only spot with no armor. it is the armadillo's
area most vulnerable to attack.
armadillos may have between 2 and 12 young. they are very small,
about 2 ounces each. they come from a single egg and are all the