Southern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Skull


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

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Southern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Skull Replica measures 3.1 inches. Southern Naked-tailed armadillo skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). California Academy of Sciences Specimen. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Southern Naked-Tailed Armadillo, Cabassous unicinctus, is an armadillo species from South America. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru.

Smaller than some other armadillos, Southern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous unicinctus males measure an average of 14 inches in head-body length, and weigh around 6.6 lb.

Females are larger, measuring 15 inches and weighing 8.4 lb. The tail measures around 6.3 inches in both sexes, and has only tiny scales in its skin, unlike the larger scutes found in most other armadillo species.

Southern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous unicinctus upper body is covered by a dark grey bony carapace of squarish scutes. In the mid part of the body, this carapace is divided into a series of ten to thirteen mobile rings, giving the animal some degree of flexibility.

Although there are some bristly hairs around the margins of the scutes, the tail and underside of the animal are hairless.

The armour covers the back of the neck and extends onto the head between the ears. Smaller and thinner scales are also found on the cheeks and the outer surface of the ears. The snout is relatively short, and the ears large and funnel-like.

Southern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous unicinctus have five clawed toes on each foot, with the middle claws on the forefeet being particularly large.

Southern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous unicinctus are solitary, and are said to be nocturnal in the tropics but have been reported to be diurnal further south. As are many armadillos, it is an insectivore, feeding almost entirely on ants and termites. Reproduction occurs year-round, and animals have lived up to seven years in captivity.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 3.1 in
Southern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Chlamyphoridae
Subfamily: Tolypeutinae
Genus: Cabassous
Species: C. unicinctus
Binomial name: Cabassous unicinctus
Conservation status: Least concern