Three Banded Armadillo Skull Replica
The Three Banded Armadillos are native to South America. They inhabit grasslands, marshes, dry forests and savannah regions. As a defensive measure, Three-banded Armadillos have the ability to roll into a ball.
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Three Banded Armadillo Skull measures 2.5 inches. Three Banded Armadillo Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
Three Banded Armadillo or Tolypeutes matacus is found in South America: north central Argentina, east central Bolivia and sections of Brazil and Paraguay. This species is found mainly in the grasslands or marshes near dry forests or savannah areas.
Three Banded Armadillo or Tolypeutes matacus total body length is around 300mm with a tail length of 64mm. They are dark brown and heavily armored with a thick, leathery shell that is usually segmented into 3 bands.
Three Banded Armadillo or Tolypeutes matacus armor covers the tail, head, feet, and back of the animal. The tail is very stout and immobile. The middle three toes on the back feet are grown together and have a thick claw. The forefeet toes are separated and have 4 claws.
Three banded armadillo or Tolypeutes matacus is peculiar amoung armadillos for its rolling behavior. It can completely close its shell around its entire body. Usually it leaves a small space between a section of its armor, which it forcefully closes on the hand, finger, or paw of a would-be predator.
Three banded armadillo or Tolypeutes matacus shell is also very efficient at trapping air, which is warmed by body heat, and thus conserves heat loss.
Three banded armadillos or Tolypeutes matacus are usually solitary but occasionally group together during cold weather.
They do not dig burrows of their own but use abandoned anteater burrows, or they make their dens under dense vegetation.
Three banded armadillo or Tolypeutes matacus eats mainly ants and termites. They use their strong legs and large claws to dig through insect colonies or under bark to get to their food.
Armadillos tend to have extremely poor eyesight, their hunting skills rely on their abilities to smell their food.