Patagonian Armadillo Facts   

  • Name:
    Peludo, Quirquincho Grande o Armadillo de la Patagonia / Patagonian Haired Armadillo
  • Scientific name:
    Chaetophractus villosus
  • Family:
    Dasypodidae
  • Order:
    Cingulata
  • Description:
    This animal could be considered a hairy armadillo whose main feature is its great coordination and its ability to dig into the soil and create tunnels and burrows.
  • Size:
    measures between 60 and 70 cm including its tail. (26 to 30 in)
  • Weight:
    An adult can weigh up to 7 kg (15 lb.)
 
Patagonian Armadillo

Reproduction:

They mate in September and the gestation period is between 60 to 75 days, sometimes they have more than one period of pregnancy per year and they have 2 cubs. The weaning of cubs is between 50 to 60 days after birth, and the sexual maturity comes at 9 months of life

Distribution:

Specimens have been found from Magallanes to Aysen. Within the Torres del Paine National Park it inhabits the areas of Laguna Azul, Laguna Amarga and Lago Sarmiento.

Features:

The Armadillo has the ability of digging with its four limbs in a coordinated manner, removing dirt with its front legs while widening and removing this with its hind legs. It maintains its balance using the tail and shell.

Food:

Omnivorous, feeding on fruit, roots, insects, eggs and small vertebrates amongst other things.

Habitat:

It lives mainly in areas with sandy and soft soil; it is also common to see it in bushes.

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