Endangered Species: Armadillo

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Jenny of St. Julie Billiart School
Cincinatti, Ohio, U.S.A.


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Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

  I wanted to find out how armadillos survive in the desert with the cactus and deadly predators. I didn't know that much about armadillos, and just the fact that I was interested in them gave me reason enough to study armadillos.

What Was Already Known

  I already knew that the animal lived in the desert, but that was about all I knew about it . I also knew that it could roll up into a tight ball if it needed to protect itself.

Search for Information

  I looked in encyclopedias such as Grolier. I used the Compton's interactive encyclopedia. I couldn't find anything on the World Wide Web, because the computer I was using was going too slow.

Description of Plant or Animal

  The size of an armadillo is about 6 inches to 4 and 1/2 feet. The armadillo is native to Central and South America. It has a bony covering to protect it from enemies and thorns from the cacti. When an armadillo is in danger, it can roll up into a tight ball and all that shows are its plates.

 &nbspThe armadillo's belly is the only soft spot on the exterior of the animal. It can weigh as much as 130 lbs. The armadillo's tongue is small and shaped like a worm. It has little sticky bumps all over it for catching bugs.

 &nbspWhen the armadillo is pregnant, it can have 2-12 babies, and the babies are in the same egg and are all of the same sex.
&nbspThe armadillo has very poor eyesight, but it can use the rest of its senses such as hearing and feeling to protect itself and find food. Its most powerful sense is the sense of smell.   With its tiny arms, the armadillo is able to bury itself completely in a matter of minutes. It can also swallow a big gulp of air in the water and make itself bouyant.

&nbspSome of the armadillo's relatives are the sloth and the anteater. The armadillo's relatives also eat the same things it eats such as ants, worms, spiders, and just about any kind of insects.

Habitat Requirements

  The armadillo must have water and bugs, yet it dislikes warm humid weather.


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Reasons for Endangerment

  People like the armadillo for its skin - the fact that it is leathery and tough. People use armadillo skin for accsessories such as purses, luggage, and belts.

Restoration Actions

  Laws have been passed to protect the animal and reserves have been set up.

What Was Learned

  I learned a lot about where the armadillo lives, what kind of things it eats , and why it has become endangered.

Conclusions From Research

  I think that reserves should be set up. But not those ones that take up too much money. People should worry about animals, but not to the extent that people go broke trying to save an endangered species. I think that the United States is more concerned about the welfare of the animals, rather than the good of the American people.

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