There are two species of Three-banded Armadillo, the Brazilian,
endemic to Brazil (T.
tricinctus) and the Southern
(T. matacus) from southern Brazil, northern
Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. They look similar with
similar habits. The Southern Three-banded is shown here.
Like all armadillos, its topside is covered in bony plates for protection.
The two 3-banded species are the only two which can roll up
completely in a ball for protection. They are nocturnal and
and mainly eat ants/termites and other insects with their
sticky tongue but will eat some vegetation.
Both species are at risk from destruction of habitat and
hunting for meat or the pet trade.