Southern three-banded armadillos are the only armadillo species that can roll up into a ball, enclosing its vulnerable parts inside its shell. Baby southern three-banded armadillos are born blind and can't roll up like this at first.
Scientific name: Tolypeutes matacus
La Plata three-banded armadillo
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Southern three-banded armadillo can be found in a number of locations including: South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Southern three-banded armadillo distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1