Wild Wednesday: Armadillos

Fiona introduces you to the armadillos at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

By Fiona Gorostiza - SA Live Host

SAN ANTONIO - A precious pair of armadillos call Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo their home.

“Thelma” and “Louise” are six-banded armadillos and are native to South America.

“We’re actually one of only a few places in Texas you can come and actually see these animals on display,” says Jarrod Forthman with Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo.

Here are some fun facts about them:

  • Underneath that hard-armored shell is a bone plate, used for protection.
  • They have small eyes and poor eyesight, but have a keen sense of smell.
  • They have big, sharp claws that are used for digging. The claws also allow them to be agile climbers.
  • The three-banded armadillo is the only species of armadillo that is able to curl up into a ball.
  • Nine-banded armadillos are a species of armadillo that can be found here in the United States. People are advised not to handle them because they are known to carry leprosy.

For more information, go online to Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo's website.

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