The bottom ten are: 81. Chaetophractus avoids summer heat and dessication by being fossorial and nocturnal. This species thrives in desert, grassland, scrubland and savanna habitats. Resting inside a burrow dug deep into a sand dune, it escapes the heat of a summer day. The parents were recommended to breed according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Screaming Hairy Armadillo Species Survival Plan. I feel like I belong in a support group that meets Wednesday nights in the basement of your local church when I say that. Currently, more than 50 million armadillos are living in the United States. It is found in parts of the Gran Chaco and Pampas areas of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Eurasian Elk (i.e. They are hunted for multiple reasons. In some cases that’s a good thing. We read about two pages on each animal that describes what they eat, where they live, any special physical traits they have, or any odd trivia. The screaming hairy armadillo is native to South America and is considered a cultural symbol of the Bolivian highlands. Some species prefer to live near sandy areas. Capybara 86. 12. Major threats to this species include hunting, habitat fragmentation and illegal trade. The big hairy armadillo or large hairy armadillo or "enormous hairy armadillo"(Chaetophractus villosus) is one of the largest and most numerous armadillos in South America.It lives from sea level to altitudes of up to 1,300 meters across the southern portion of South America, and can be found in grasslands, forests, and savannahs, and has even started claiming agricultural areas as its home. Species ID Suggestions Sign in to suggest organism ID. Brown bear (i.e. Despite this slow early development, the young are weaned at around 2 months of age and are sexually mature at 9 months old. The Screaming Hairy Armadillo grabs the attention of elementary and middle school reader through its curious and sometimes gross animals. "The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals with Weird, Wild Names" by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie, illustrated by Julie Benbassat. 11. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail of most of these odd looking creatures. The Screaming Hairy Armadillo gets its name from squealing loudly whenever danger approaches. There is a species of armadillo called the “Screaming Hairy Armadillo.” It is hunted for its meat and also its carapace (armor) which is used to construct a musical instrument called charangos. Mexican prairie dog 83. Like many desert dwellers, they prefer to have multiple burrows. Screaming bloody murder isn't the only fascinating trait of this species. If your reader is coming to this book and used to Nat Geo then they might be put off by the number of illustrations. The Screaming Hairy Armadillo is by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie with illustrations by Julie Benbassat and on Workman Publishing. 11. Like their cousins these dillos use their claws to dig up insects, worms and a few other vegetable delights. You’ve got Mommy Mojo? And yes, she screams. Many species use their sharp claws to dig for food, such as grubs, and to dig dens. In winter, the armadillo is more active during the day. All of the animals in the book have an illustration that accompanies them, while most of them have a photograph. For example, the honey badger is a pretty enough critter. Along its back, flexible bands that encircle the torso allow flexibility in … While other armadillos remain hidden in their burrows, hairy armadillos often emerge to hunt. They also receive a variety of bugs, like waxworms and earthworms, in addition to some fruit. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail of most of these odd looking creatures. The armadillo's head and body are covered by protective bony plates, with its head plate being the most prominent. The nine-banded armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus, is by … They are often found building homes in sand dunes where they are easily able to dig. Armadillos are prolific diggers. Biology: The gestation time is 2 months, and there may be multiple litters per year. The screaming hairy armadillo’s white and brown hairs sprout out of the carapace between scutes (the individual bony plate scales that overlap to make up the carapace). Sand is a common home for this species since it is easy for the armadillos to dig burrows. If you’re a parenting novice then you can use mojo a bit more often. Red fox 85. 6 Comments They have a life span of 5 – 10 years. They prefer a dry habitat with loose, sandy soil which allows for easier burrowing—an important part of this animal's survival. They tend to spend most of their days lounging around in deep burrows to keep out of the intense head of the afternoon sun. Armadillos prefer to live near moist regions like streams, rivers, creeks, ponds, reservoirs and tropical forests, because these places have moist soil that is easy to dig. There Are 21 Identified Armadillo Species. At Zoo Atlanta they receive a nutritionally balanced diet of commercially produced insectivore chow. Habitat and Anatomy. The screaming hairy armadillo has a short, thick tail and elongated head, both of which are covered in armor. It is also known as the Screaming Hairy Armadillo for the loud scream like squeal that it makes. Found in dry brushy habitat next to the Río Huasi. The Andean lives in the Andean region, mostly in Bolivia but there are a few in Peru and Argentina.