The giant armadillo can reach up to 130 lbs, but most only weigh 40 to 70 lbs. They eat just about anything: ants, grubs, insects, worms, snakes, and even carrion (decaying flesh). Their powerful claws make them good hunters. And even though they are really big, giant armadillos can stand on two legs, using their tail for balance.
Over-Hunting has cause the giant armadillo to become extremely endangered.
Like all armadillos, the giant armadillo makes its home underground or in mud-walled burrows. Their cousins are the anteater and the sloth. Can you find any similar physical characteristics? Do any of them look similar?
For further exploration, check out the following web sites.
The Wilderness Classroom's Rainforest Library
National Geographic's Animal Facts and Photos
Kid's Planet: Giant Armadillos
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