Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Research: Armadillo

'Armadillos are recognised by the armour of scutes that covers their shoulders and pelvic regions. Three-banded armadillos, genusTolypeutes, yellow or six-banded armadillos, Euphractus sexcinctus, and nine-banded armadillos, Dasypus novemcinctus, have a number of flexible half rings over the middle and back. This armour protects the animals against predators and spiny vegetation. In addition, some species protect their hairy, soft under surfaces by withdrawing their legs under their shoulders and hips and sitting tight on the ground; other species roll up. Armadillos are terrestrial and burrowing mammals equipped with muscular fore limbs and hind limbs and large sharp claws for digging in soil to find food and to excavate burrows and nests. They are nocturnal animals with poor eyesight but a well-developed sense of smell and/hearing.'
Iv highlighted some features and behaviour characteristics of the armadillo that i can portray in my designs.


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