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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
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Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 0 N: 286] (3684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-01-28
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-15 23:33
Viewed: 4204
Points: 2
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unknown animal at Chichen Itza, Yucatan
Thanks to cuckooroller for his comment

The Nine-banded Long-nosed Armadillo or just Nine-banded Armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus (also known as the poor man's pig or poverty pig), is a species of armadillo from North, Central and South America. It is the most widespread member of the group.

The Nine-banded Long-nosed Armadillo is a solitary, mainly nocturnal animal, found in many kinds of habitats, from mature and secondary rainforests to grassland and dry scrub. It is an omnivorous animal, feeding chiefly on ants, termites and other insects.

This species is the only known animal that is able to inflate its own intestine in order to float across a river. It can also hold its breath for up to 6 minutes in order to walk across the bottom of narrow rivers. Additionally, the nine-banded armadillo always produce four identical offspring. The armadillo can jump three to four feet (90-120 cm) straight in the air, but typically only does so when frightened. (from Wikipedia)

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This is Dasypus novemcinctus.

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