Amazing animal armadillos seem to be real living relics. They look like what animals seem to have looked like many millions of years ago, and somehow subtly resemble dinosaurs, although they have nothing to do with them. However, despite their somewhat frightening appearance, armadillos are defenseless against people, and in recent decades their habitat has been inexorably shrinking. If this continues, these amazing and interesting animals in all respects will be threatened with extinction.
Interesting facts about armadillos
- Armadillos always give birth to cubs of only one sex.
- Armadillos have a well-developed sense of smell and hearing, but their eyesight is more than mediocre.
- Newborn armadillo cubs do not have a shell – their bodies are covered with soft skin.
- These animals do not distinguish colors, they see everything in black and white.
- Armadillos sleep an average of 18.5 hours a day.
- Swim armadillos they do not know how, but due to the high density of the body they can walk under water along the bottom.
- In total, the female usually gives birth to 1 to 12 cubs at a time.
- Armadillos have a low need for oxygen, and she can hold her breath for up to 5-6 minutes, keeping air in the trachea and bronchi.
- Of all animals on Earth, armadillos are the only ones that suffer from leprosy (interesting facts about wild animals).
- After death, the genitals of an armadillo remain active for some time.
- When an armadillo is frightened, it curls up like a hedgehog.
- The cubs of these animals are born already sighted.
- Armadillos are usually not afraid of people, and in search of food they often climb at home.
- The armadillo is depicted on the coat of arms of Grenada (interesting facts about Grenada).
- Being warm-blooded mammals, armadillos, however, have a body temperature of only about 32 ° C. Because of this, they cannot survive in areas with low temperatures.
- A female armadillo, in case of stress, can suspend an already ongoing pregnancy for several years.