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Hairy Armadillo

Hairy Armadillo
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Copyright: Kris Kearns (kkearns) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 60] (244)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-14 12:21
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Hairy Armadillo - This little guy decided to take a nap on his back. The armor consists of the shield on the head, a small shield between the ears on the back of the neck, and the carapace which protects the shoulders, back, sides and rump. The banded portion of the carapace has about 18 bands, of which usually 7 to 8 are movable. These animals have more hair than most armadillos. The armadillos are powerful diggers and live in burrows. Activity is largely nocturnal in summer, to avoid the desert heat, and diurnal in winter. When pursued, C. villosus at first attempts to run away, often emitting a snarling sound. If unable to find a hole, it tries to burrow into the ground. If overtaken while running or it does not have a chance to burrow, it draws in its feet so that the edges of its armor are in contact with the ground.They burrow under animal carcasses to obtain maggots and other insects.

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