Nine-Banded Armadillo

Texas State Small Mammal


Nine-banded armadillo in Texas

Nine-banded armadillo in Aubrey, Texas; photo by Rich Anderson on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Nine-Banded Armadillo

Texas designated the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) as the official state small mammal in 1995. A distant cousin of the sloth and the anteater, the nine-banded armadillo is the only species that occurs in North America. A bony, scaled shell protects the armadillo from predators. Originally native to South America, the nine-banded armadillo now ranges as far north as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana. The other twenty or so armadillo species remain in Central and South America.



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