Nine-Banded Armadillo Skull Replica measures 4.1x 1.8×1.9 inches. Nine-Banded Armadillo Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Polyurethane cast private collection. Scientific name is Dasypus novemcinctus. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Nine-banded armadillo or Dasypus novemcinctus is a medium sized mammal found in North, Central, and South America. They are solitary, mainly nocturnal animal, found in many kinds of habitats, from mature and secondary rain forests to grassland and dry scrub. Nine-banded armadillo or Dasypus novemcinctus is an insectivore, feeding on ants, termites, and other small invertebrates.

Nine-banded armadillo or Dasypus novemcinctus evolved in a warm, rainy environment, and is still most commonly found in regions resembling its ancestral home. Dasypus novemcinctus is a very adaptable animal, it is also found in scrub lands, open prairies, and tropical rain forests.

Nine-banded armadillo or Dasypus novemcinctus weigh from 5.5 to 14.3 lbs. They are one of the largest species of armadillos. The outer shell is composed of ossified dermal scutes covered by nonoverlapping, keratinized epidermal scales, which are connected by flexible bands of skin.

Nine-banded armadillo or Dasypus novemcinctus armor covers the back, sides, head, tail, and outside surfaces of the legs. The underside of the body and the inner surfaces of the legs have no armored protection. Instead, they are covered by tough skin and a layer of coarse hair. The vertebrae attach to the carapace.

Nine-banded armadillo or Dasypus novemcinctus are insectivores. They forage for meals by thrusting their snouts into loose soil and leaf litter digging in erratic patterns, stopping occasionally to dig up grubs, beetles, ants, termites, and worms.

Dasypus novemcinctus lap up the insects with their sticky tongues. They have been observed to roll about on ant hills to dislodge and consume the resident ants. They supplement their diets with amphibians and small reptiles, especially in the winter months when such prey tends to be more sluggish, and occasionally bird eggs and baby mammals. Carrion is also eaten.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 4.1 × 1.8 × 1.9 in
Nine-Banded Armadillo Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Dasypodidae
Genus: Dasypus
Species: D. novemcinctus
Binomial name: Dasypus novemcinctus
Conservation status: Least concern


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