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Southern Three-banded Armadillo at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

Southern Three-banded Armadillo

Tolypeutes matacus

Family

Dasypodidae, armadillo family

Conservation Status

Near Threatened, IUCN

Distribution

South America: north central Argentina, east central Bolivia and sections of Brazil and Paraguay

Habitat

Grasslands or marshes near dry forests or savannah areas

Factoid

The southern three-banded armadillo has an interesting mode of locomotion: walking on its hind-legs with the tips of the fore claws touching the ground.

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