Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Skull


Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo ranges from Central America south throughout much of tropical South America. Like all armadillos, Cabassous are insectivorous and terrestrial. Cabassous skulls closely resemble that of the Giant Armadillo except in size.

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Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Skull measures 3.1 inches. Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our percise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Northern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous centialis is relatively small for an armadillo, with adults measuring 12 to 17 in. in length, with an 4.3 to 7.1 in. tail, and weighing from 4.4 to 7.7 lb. They have a short, broad, snout, large, funnel-shaped ears, and small eyes.

Unlike other armadillos with which they might be confused, they do not have scales on the backs of their ears.

Northern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous centialis upper body is covered in multiple, squarish scutes, that are arranged in ten to thirteen bands which allow the animal some flexibility. Compared with some other armadillo species, the bands are indistinct.

Northern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous centialis carapace is generally dark grey-brown in color, with a yellowish tinge to the lower margin.

The tail has thinner plates, which are more widely spaced, and somewhat pinkish. The underside of the Northern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous centialis has numerous tufts of hair arranged in about twenty regular bands. The forefeet have five claws, with the middle claw being greatly enlarged into a sickle shape. They have a pungent, musky odor.

Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo or Cabassous centialis is found from Chiapas in southern Mexico to western Colombia, northwestern Ecuador and northwestern Venezuela, at altitudes from sea level to 3000 m.

Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo or Cabassous centialis habitats include tropical dry forest, moderately moist forest, cloud forest and forest edges, including secondary and agriculturally disturbed forest, as well as in dry savanna and Colombian subpáramo.

It prefers undisturbed primary forest, and thus may be vulnerable to deforestation and other forms of habitat disturbance.

The Northern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous centialisis is a solitary insectivore, feeding mainly on ants and termites. One of the most fossorial of all armadillos, it spends most of its time underground in tunnels.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 3.1 in
Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Chlamyphoridae
Subfamily: Tolypeutinae
Genus: Cabassous
Species: C. centralis
Binomial name: Cabassous centralis
Conservation status: Near Threatened