|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]|
|Photo taken at Reserva Paraiso Natural (pivada), Monte, Buenos Aires; eating a prune. |
G & Sp: Chetophractus villosus
They are animals whose body is protected by a hard structure that defends it of the attack of enemies. They measure approximately 48 cm in length from the head to the end of the tail, 13 cm when this standing on their four legs, the ears, that are used like morphologic characteristic, measures 2.8 cm and the gross weight goes up to around 2 kgs. The body this place setting of dark hairs in the dorsal part that project from the grudges that form the shell backwards. The ventral region, belly and legs also present clearer hairs and something more lengths than the previous ones. The shell acts like a shield that protects the superior and lateral part of the body, this formed by 18 bands of which 8 are movable and it allows him to acquire the typical defensive attitude.
Biology and behavior
They are active during the night, in the day remain hidden in caves , safe in winter where they move little, but single they do it during the day in the hours of higher temperatures. They are very agile what it allows them to quickly run or to dig before the threat of some enemy or pregiver.
Also they are excellent swimmers and they have great capacity to contain the breathing in case of immersions, he is by which do not have difficulty in crossing small water obstacles walking by the bottom of them without necessity to leave to breathe. The hairy ones have their young within the cave and they once do it per year. They can have several by birthhaving the particularitity of being all of the same sex and in uneven number. The time of birth it happens as of September and it is possible to be extended until December-January.
This animal is it distributed in an ample zone of our country, that includes from the province of Formosa to Santa Cruz.
They present a poor vision but an excellent sense of the sense of smell and tact. These animals have a bad teething, of the denomination of Edentados it is there why they are limited in the type of food that consume, therefore 90 % of their diet this composing of insects, are these youthful or adult ones. Also they can do it of small worms, scorpions, spiders or other invertebrates. There are evidences that before the lack of insects can resort to small roots or fruits that are next to the ground. Using his great capacity search they can detect the presence of larvae in the first centimeters of the ground and arrive at them making small wells soon to ingest them. Also usually they dare in the rest of died animals to capture larvae or pupas of the insects that feed themselves there.
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- [2006-02-16 6:08]
and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)
- [2006-02-16 7:16]
Hi Hernan, nice composition with good detail and texture. Well done and TFS.
Wonderfull photo and very informative note on this unique animal.
- [2006-02-16 12:56]
A very good capture and I think this is the first armadillo on TN too.
A very good POV and an excellent note.
- [2006-02-16 15:30]
Very interesting animal well captured with good details and great notes.
Thanks for sharing!
- [2006-02-17 4:27]
This is one of my favourite animals, you are lucky to see it on wild. Very nice portrait, good composition and details. Nice work!
Nice headshot Hernan. Well composed with great detail, color and POV. Even though the eye is somewhat in shadow, it is clearly seen. I posted my first armadillo recently also..Well done. Thank you!
- [2006-02-20 2:29]
Buena foto de este armadillo, este creo es el pequeńo pues alla en sudamerica tambien vive el gigante, aca solo habita el pequeńo, aca le decimos Hueche,regresandoa tu foto me gustan los detalles y los colores que captaste.
PD. que paso con tus orugas?
- [2006-03-20 8:27]
thanks for sharing this - not seen one before, well done on the post
- [2006-08-26 16:39]
Cześć Hernan. dzięki za to zdjęcie, jedno z moich ulubionych zwierzątek, są naprawdę wspaniałe. Pozdrawiam Robert.