Armadillo

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1. The mammal I chose to study is:
the priodontes maximus

2. The common name of my mammal is:
the giant armadillo

3. The classification of my mammal:

Kingdom: animalia
Phylum: chordata
Class: mammalia

Order: cingulata
Family: dasypodidae
Genus: p
riodontes
Species: maximus

4. What are some of the animal’s physical adaptations to its environment?

My animal has very tough outer skin to protect its self from predators.


5. What are some of the organism’s behavioral adaptations to its environment?

When an armadillo feals threatened it roles up into a ball.

The giant armadillo avoids daytime by going under ground into burrows it has made.


6. What is the role of your organism in the food chain? Be specific about role as a producer, consumer or decomposer. If a consumer, then describe the food preferences, like herbivore, carnivore or omnivore.

My animal is a consumer and is a carnivore it eats ants, termites(sometimes could even wipe out a whole termite hill), and sometimes small mammals.


7. Describe the biome where this organism lives.

The giant armadillo lives in Tropical Rain Forests.

This animal lives in rain forests in Northern Argentina.

It Used to live in rain forests in most of South America.

Tropical Rain Forests are very humid and flourish in the way of biodiversity.

There are many many plants everywhere on the ground and in the trees.

There are also many speices of animals.

The Tropical Rain forests are on or near the equator.


8. Discuss the status of the species. Is it plentiful, threatened, endangered or extinct?

The giant Armadillo was classified endangered in 2002.

It is also on the World Conservation Union's Red list.

The Giant Armadillo is considered to be very vulnerable to extinction.


9. How do humans impact your organism? (Hot Tip: Think of the HIPPO dilemma – handout)

Humans impact my animal very much especially in the way of habitat destruction.

Their habbitat is being destroyed because of rainforsets being wiped out for wood and land to build houses, malls etc.

The Giant Armadillo used to be found in places all over east South America, but now sadly only in a portion of east South America.


10. Identify the place(s) on the map where your organism lives. Color in the map accordingly.

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11. Amazing facts:

The heaviest Giant Armadillo found was 71lb.

Giant armadillos can be as long as 2 ft 11 in

1/3 to 2/5 of that length is the tail.



My Legend

Why the Giant Armadillo has Hard Skin


On one humid day in rainforests of Argentina Giant Armadillo, or G Arm as his friends called him, was walking on the floor of the rainforest when e saw a mouse. He was starving because he had not been able to find could not find termites, ants, or small mammals for a whole day. He was very excited. Right as G Arm got close he tripped over what he thought was a piece of string and a coconut hit him in the back. At first he was stunned then he felt his back it was as hard as a rock. At first he thought it would hold him back then he figured out he could roll up into a little ball and roll every where he wanted to go. So he decided he loved his new skin with all his heart, so he kept it. When he had a kid his kid took after his father and had hard skin also. G Arm was very glad his son had hard skin so Little G Arm (G Arm’s son) would never have to go through the same things that he had to with those little trickster mice.

12. Bibliography:
**http://www.birdtours.co.uk/tripreports/brazil/braz13/CristalinoReportFinal2004_files/image003.jpg**
http://www.braziltravel.com/attractions/pantanal/giant-armadillo.jpg
http://www.msu.edu/~nixonjos/armadillo/
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/AA/tca2.html
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/armadillo.html