Giant Armadillo Skull Replica
The Giant Armadillo, native to South America, is the largest of the armadillos with a weight of over 120 pounds. This species is nocturnal, foraging for insects and other small invertebrates. When threatened, they will use their large claws for defense or to dig an escape.
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Giant Armadillo Skull Replica measures 7.3 inches. Giant Armadillo Skull Replica is Museum quality polyurethane resin cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Priodontes maximus. Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The giant armadillo or Priodontes maximus is the largest living species of armadillo, with 11 to 13 hinged bands protecting the body and a further three or four on the neck. Its body is dark brown in color, with a lighter, yellowish band running along the sides, and a pale, yellow-white head.
These armadillos have around 80 to 100 teeth, which is more than any other terrestrial mammal. The teeth are all similar in appearance, grow constantly throughout life, and lack enamel.
Giant Armadillo or Priodontes maximus also possess extremely long front claws, including a sickle-shaped third claw up to .7 in. in length. The tail is covered in small rounded scales. Giant armadillos or Priodontes maximus typically weigh around 41 to 72 lb. The typical length of the species is 30 to 39 in., with the tail adding another 20 in.
Giant armadillos are found throughout much of northern South America east of the Andes, except for eastern Brazil and Paraguay. In the south, they reach the northernmost provinces of Argentina, including Salta, Formosa, Chaco, and Santiago del Estero.
They primarily inhabit open habitats, with cerrado grasslands, they can also be found in lowland forests.
Giant armadillos or Priodontes maximus are solitary and nocturnal, spending the day in burrows. They also burrow to escape predators, being unable to completely roll into a protective ball. Compared with those of other armadillos, their burrows are unusually large, with entrances averaging 17 in. wide, and typically opening to the west.
Giant armadillos or Priodontes maximus use their large front claws to dig for prey and rip open termite mounds. The diet is mainly composed of termites, although ants, worms, spiders and other invertebrates are also eaten.
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