Southern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Skull
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Southern Naked-Tailed Armadillo Skull measuers 3.1 inches. Southern Naked-tailed armadillo skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. California Academy of Sciences Specimen. Scientific name is Cabassous tatouya. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The Southern Naked-Tailed Armadillo, Cabassous tatouya, 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 tatouya males measure an average of 14 inches in head-body length, and weigh around 6.6 lbs., while females are larger, measuring 15 inches and weighing 8.4 lbs. 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 tatouya 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 tatouya have five clawed toes on each foot, with the middle claws on the forefeet being particularly large.
Southern naked-tailed armadillo or Cabassous tatouya 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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