Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Texas Armadillo - TX - USA
The Armadillo in one of those strange animals that proof nature's sense of humor (of course well behind the platypus!) and after immigrating from South America they're now a permanent fixture in Texas ecosystem (so, they're "illegals" from south of the border). Thank you very much Catalina for the nice card and message (no, I will not mess with Texas!). This postcard took 18 days to arrive!
Armadillos are New World placental mammals with a leathery armor shell. The Aztecs called them Nahuatl for “turtle-rabbit”. About 10 extant genera and 20 extant species of armadillo have been described, some of which are distinguished by the number of bands on their armor. Their average length is about 75 cm, including tail. The giant armadillo grows up to 150 cm and weighs up to 59 kg, while the pink fairy armadillo is a diminutive species, with an overall length of 12 to 15 cm. All species are native to the Americas, where they inhabit a variety of environments.