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Closely related to the noble anteater, armadillos are burrowing insectivores that thrive throughout the warm southern regions of the United States. Mainly found along the Gulf Coast with growing populations in Texas and Florida, the mammals have an unfortunate propensity for becoming roadkill. Although many different species of armadillos exist throughout their native range in the South and Central Americas, only one species lives in the United States: the nine-banded armadillo.
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Armadillos are unique among mammals because they have tan, bony shells that protect them like suits of armor. About the size of a large house cat, these animals can weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. The stubby legs of armadillos are tipped with long claws, which make them excellent diggers and climbers. The creatures can run swiftly despite their appearance and are capable swimmers, as well. Armadillos have pointed snouts and beady eyes.
Their diet mainly consists of insects, but armadillos also nibble on fruit and carrion given the opportunity. They use long tongues to lick up ants and termites in their nests. Other favorite foods include beetles, spiders, worms, and grubs. Occasionally, armadillos eat small frogs, lizards, snakes, or eggs as snacks.
Since they are dangerously susceptible to fatality in cold environments, armadillos prefer to make their homes in warm, temperate areas such as shrubby deserts, grasslands, and rainforests. The animals dig burrows with their powerful claws and sleep for up to 16 hours a day, emerging during twilight to search for food. Armadillos dig several burrows in the area surrounding their nests to use for escaping predators. Burrows are usually located in loose, sandy soils and entrances are strategically placed in the shelter of rocks, dense shrubs, or trees.