Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nine Banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

Nine-banded armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

Description: The nine-banded armadillo ranges in color from brownish-black to gray, with yellowish-white hairs. The body is covered with shell made of horny plates joined by leathery skin. They have poor eyesight but have a keen sense of smell.

Life History: Armadillos are known for their digging ability and can be very destructive, causing damage to crops and ground nesting animals. Another interesting fact about armadillos; they are the only other mammals, besides humans, that can suffer from leprosy.

Distribution: Native to Central and South America but has been expanding its range into the southeastern United States. It currently inhabits eight states in the U.S. - Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia.

Description: Lithograph of a nine-banded armadillo from the 1918 National Geographic Small Mammal series. Date: 1918.

Author: Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874–1927) Description: American artist. Date of birth / death: February 7, 1874 - August 22, 1927. Location of birth / death: Ithaca, New York, Ithaca, New York. Work period: 1896–1927. Work location: Ithaca, New York.

Nine Banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

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