She often sleeps in one of her many logs, however, loves to search for worms in the morning and late afternoons. They do not dig burrows like most armadillos, but use the abandoned burrows of anteaters when they can get them. He arrived at ZooMontana in June of 2020 to the delight of many. Three-banded armadillos generally walk on the tips of the foreclaws, even when running. Natural Habitat. She often sleeps in one of her many logs, however, loves to search for worms in the morning and late afternoons. Southern three-banded armadillos occur in South America. Due to their nocturnal nature, three-banded armadillos have poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell, which helps them locate food. Be... Bandy came to the Zoo in 2016. Two species of Armadillo i.e Southern Three-banded Armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) and the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo (Tolypeutes tricinctus) can roll into a ball. Our Video Sponsors: Lucka … Uki was brought to ZooMontana by the state in 2019. They live side by side, but cannot be placed together due to aggression towards one another. Both our Boa Constrictors have lived tough lives. They have been at the Zoo since 2019. Its armor is made out of keratin, the same protein in human fingernails. The three-banded armadillo is a member of the order Cingulata, along with other armadillos. Sally and Simon were donated to ZooMontana as pet surrenders. Lurch came to the Zoo in 1997 after he was found as a fledgling and imprinted on humans, andGomez was found in 2017 on the side of a road with a wing injury, presumably hit by a car. 13. She is a gentle being and enjoys a good pat. The lifespan of an armadillo ranges from 4 to 30 years. Both Minnie and Daisy are pet surrenders. FASCINATING FACTS. They incredibly curious and can often be seen playing soccer in their habitat. Scout's calm demeanor makes him a popular education ambassador. Some armadillos are very small, while others are huge. She enjoys afternoon walks with her keepers. In addition to its rosy-colored armor, the pink fairy … They are found in parts of northern Argentina, southwestern Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Only armadillo that can roll into a ball ; Only mammal with a shell Both Geckos came to ZooMontana in 2015 through a breeder. Armadillos are small mammals with a shell of armored plates that protect them from predators. Their strong legs and claws enable them to remove bark to reveal insects or to rip into entire insect colonies. 12. ZooMontana currently has dozens of walkingsticks of various ages. These armadillo species inhabit the scrub forest or Savannah/grasslands. Their claws also allow them to build nests or dig shallow dens in the vegetation, but some individuals prefer to use those abandoned by anteaters instead of digging their own. Johnny is a pet surrender. Other 19 types live in South America. They are also equipped with strong claws to tear open ant nests. Babies are born blind but quickly develop the ability to walk and close their shells. Have fun finding them! Bruno has been a ZooMontana resident for many years, and Ozzy was a bit of a troublesome bear before he came to ZooMontana. Very tiny, he is difficult to see and is often under one of his logs. long, and weighs less than a pound! Because they must dig for their food and shelter, they generally … It is found in parts of northern Argentina, southwestern Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, at elevations from sea level to 770 m (2,530 ft). He can often be seen in the later afternoons as he searches out his food. (Humans have a diploid chromosome number of 2n=48, for comparison.) The diploid number of chromosomes is 2n=38, the lowest of any armadillo studied to date — most other armadillos have 2n=50 to 64. They live in open, grassy areas, open forests and marshes. ZooMontana has hundreds of cockroaches, too many to name! Both goats were donated to ZooMontana from a local breeder. He came to the Zoo as a young lizard in 2018 and is slowly becoming more visible in his habitat. Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts. Habitat loss is a challenge for many species, including the southern three-banded armadillo. Most animals are unable to bite through this tough material. Southern Three-banded Armadillo mainly eats termites and ants. Population numbers may be decreasing due to the destruction of their natural habitat across South America. He is a pet surrender, and has been a long time ambassador within the Zoo's education department. Three-banded armadillos are found in central and eastern Bolivia, the Mato Grasso of central Brazil, the Chaco region of Paraguay, and northern and central Argentina. They love their treats and eagerly await guests. They are quick little critters and can usually be seen clinging to the walls of their habitat. Like human fingerprints, the pattern of armor plates on the head is unique to each individual. Wildscreen's Arkive project was launched in 2003 and grew to become the world's biggest encyclopaedia of life on Earth. The Aztec Nahuatl language word for armadillo is “turtle-rabbit”. The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest species. They remain active year-round as their shells are excellent for trapping and retaining heat during the winter. Bandy came to the Zoo in 2016. The supplemental video for the time-lapse feature of our Three Banded Armadillo, Sheldon. Gable has been at ZooMontana for over a decade. Both were rescued from inadequate care after being found living in squalor. The southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus), also called the Bolivian three-banded armadillo, is an armadillo species from South America. There are 3–4 clawed toes on the forefeet, with the third claw being the largest. Three-banded armadillos are primarily solitary animals, but they have been observed gathering in groups of up to 12 individuals, particularly in very cold weather. They moved to the Zoo in the early summer of 2014. The Brazilian three-banded armadillo occurs in two distinct regional ecosystems, the Cerrado region in central Brazil, characterised by savanna and dry-forest (3) ; and the Caatinga region in north-east Brazil, characterised by dry shrubland and thorn forest (4). Young armadillos nurse for about two and a half months and are sexually mature between 9 and 12 months of age. Like most insect eating animals, armadillos have a long sticky tongue to slurp bugs as quickly as possible. Habitat: Cuzco came to ZooMontana as a pet surrender. Tolypeutes matacus. ZooMontana has over 70 Koi. Bert came to ZooMontana in 2018 after suffering a broken leg, and Nellie was donated to the Zoo in 2019 by a private ranch in central Montana. The word Armadillo, in Spanish, means “Little Armored One.”. Conservationists have focused their efforts on reducing habitat loss and deliberate deaths from hunting and poisoning. Population. They eat many other foods as well, including fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. Both of our box turtles are pet surrenders. Its carapace is rigid, dome-shaped, generally sandy-yellow to brown, and has 2–4 movable bands. OP's name, believe it or not, is short for Optimus Prime. They both enjoy being goofy in the barn pasture, often sparring with one another. They can often be seen either on the highest point of the exhibit, or down low in their log. As the name suggests, the three-banded armadillo is known for its shell which has been divided into 3 bands. Lander came to ZooMontana in 2019 after she was found next to her mother, who had been shot. Ivy came to ZooMontana as a rescue from a fur farm. The smallest species is just 5 â€“ 6 in. It is found in parts of northern Argentina, southwestern Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, at elevations from sea level to 2,500 feet. Armadillos, anteaters and sloths all belong in the superorder Xenarthra. Giant armadillos are the largest species, and are about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, according to National Geographic. Since this species is more likely to curl up in a ball rather than run from potential danger, they are easy targets for hunters. Its range has expanded into several southern states since it was first observed in Texas… Three-banded armadillo populations are decreasing, primarily due to hunting for meat and habitat loss to agricultural conversion. The Southern three-banded armadillo has a head-body length of 20–25 cm and weighs around 1–2 kg. Whether we are in the middle of a blizzard or a heat wave, t... Amelio came to us from a rehab center in Anchorage, Alaska, and Tokata came to us because she hit a power line with the tip of her wing, breaking her wrist. Sherman, Hank and Coconut are all pet surrenders. Three-banded armadillos are blackish-brown in color and are relatively small compared to other armadillo species. Habitat and Diet Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts. After a gestation of about four months, females give birth to a single baby between November and January. In the wild, three-banded armadillos primarily eat ants, termites and beetle larvae. If a predator tries to penetrate the shell to reach the soft underbelly, the armadillo can quickly snap shut on the intruder. IUCN Red List Status Near Threatened. The southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus), also called the La Plata three-banded armadillo, is an armadillo species from South America. © 2020 Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, Inc. All rights Reserved. There are at least 21 different species of armadillo, each with its own unique appearance. ZooMontana is home to three Guinea pigs that are not on display. Three-banded armadillos can be found in eastern Bolivia, southwestern Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Mesa is a pet surrender. They have lived here since they were small pups. Three Banded Armadillo. Only one species of armadillo, the nine-banded armadillo, can also be found in North America. These animals inhabit grasslands or marshes near dry forests or savannah areas. Only one armadillo species (nine-banded armadillo) lives in North America. All three of our Chinese Geese were donated to ZooMontana from a local waterfowl rehab center, presumably there as pet surrenders. The front and rear portions of their shells are not attached to the skin on the side of the body, providing ample space to fit the animal’s head, legs and tail completely within the protective bony plating. They can be found in eastern and central Bolivia, Paraguay, the Mato … Its ancestors originated in South America, and remained there until the formation of the Isthmus of Panama allowed them to enter North America as part of the Great American Interchange. The Zoo manages a breeding colony. An armadillo’s shell is made up of bony plates covered by thick, hard skin. Keeper Katelyn in here to talk about Sheldon and give you fun facts … She was raised here at the Zoo and is quickly becoming a guest favorite. – Source. This animal ambassador lives behind the scenes at the Wieland Wildlife Home, but you could meet one at one of our evening events, at a pop-up animal encounter during your Zoo visit, or if you register for one of our education programs. Armadillos have poor eyesight and rely on their exceptional hearing, sensory hairs and sense of smell to detect food and predators. You can be part of the solution by purchasing locally sourced produce to avoid contributing to armadillo habitat loss to crop conversion. The nine-banded armadillo, however, can jump 3 - 4 feet in the air! Southern Three-Banded Armadillo. Native Habitat The range of La Plata three-banded armadillos includes parts of Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The giant armadillo and the Brazilian three-banded armadillo are both vulnerable to extinction. They are also found in grassy or marshy areas between scattered forestland. Scientific Name Tolypeutes matacus. As a whole, armadillos usually have tank-like bodies, with short legs and sturdy builds. During the 20 th century, the rich Rio de la Plata river basin underwent agricultural development ; the habitat changed from a flood plain to cultivate d fields of crop s such as soy and sorghum. But it’s different from a seashell or a tortoise shell. Both of our Alpacas were donated to ZooMontana after being retired from the show circuit. 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