Find out about the habits of armadillos

This is a curious jelly wobble, which was suggested by @craigneale.

If you remember these adverts for Dime bars with Harry Enfield, then you probably shouted the word ARMADILLOS loudly at school! But how much do you actually know about these strange creatures. I’ve read a bit into them following the suggestion. There are loads of quirky facts, so here are my top 5:

  1. Armadillos are native to the Americas. The nine-banded armadillo lives only in the United States.
  2. Females give birth to identical quadruplets. All from the same egg, armadillos are the only animals to naturally clone.
  3. Females can delay the embryo implanting into the uterus until timings are right – for example when temperature and food supplies are optimum.
  4. Whilst all armadillos curl up in a ball for their armour to protect them as a defensive tactic, only the nine-banded armadillo jumps when it is frightened – up to three feet! Not great for the underside of a truck or car.
  5. With all their armour, armadillos are heavy. They can cross the bed of a river by holding their breath for 10 minutes. However, they can also swim by inflating their stomachs and intestines for bouyancy, and float across water.
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If you ever wanted to see how an armadillo curls into a ball….

There are hundreds of websites you can look at to find out more. Here are a few of the better ones:

Armadillos are the only animals, except humans, to have leprosy. They can even transmit leprosy to humans.

A humourous blog on the quadruplet birth thing

Buy an armadillo as a cute and cuddly pet, for £350

A song and cartoon about the jumping armadillo, not suitable for younger children.

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Cute – if only they didn’t transmit leprosy to humans

Go on, find out some interesting things about armadillos and post them on the Wobble a Jelly Facebook page.

Remember, you can tweet me suggestions @jelly_wobbler

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2 thoughts on “Find out about the habits of armadillos

  1. Possibly THE best post i have read this evening…. you learn something new every day 🙂

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