Southern Three-banded Armadillo

When threatened, the tree-banded armadillo can roll into a tight ball, but it may leave a small gap.  When the predator inserts its nose or paw, the armadillo snaps shut.

It is an excellent swimmer.  It swallows air and holds it in its stomach and intestines to make itself buoyant.

South America

At A Glance


Most common in arid regions of Gran Chaco. Can also be found in grasslands and marshlands


Invertebrates and Fruit


Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina