| Northern Naked-tailed Armadillos are lucky enough not to smell good to humans, so they are not hunted for their meat. They are smaller than Nine-banded Armadillos, but have huge feet and are accomplished digging machines. If one is disturbed it digs its way out of sight with its powerful forefeet. As it digs, it moves its body from side to side, disturbing the dirt so the escape hole fills up behind it. Only a bare patch at the surface shows where the armadillo started to dig.
Like all armadillos, it wears body-armor, a hard, bony carapace, or shell, that protects its soft underparts from the teeth and claws of predators. This species is solitary, probably mostly nocturnal, and little known. Its diet is mostly termites and other insects. Females bear a single young.
Head and Body: 300-490 mm; Tail: 90-200 mm
Miller, G.S., Jr., 1899. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 13:4.
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