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Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

Although there are about 20 species of Armadillos in the Americas, only one species, the Nine-Banded Armadillo, is found in the United States.  Its name comes from the nine bands of bony plates surrounding the middle part of the body.  The tail is covered by scaly rings and the head is protected by a shield.  They feed on insects and small lizards.