Abstract: Cabassous centralis (northern naked-tailed armadillo) is a small armadillo with a slender tail. The distinctive tail has widely spaced. Cabassous centralis (northern naked-tailed armadillo) is a small armadillo with a slender tail. The distinctive tail has widely spaced, thin plates. AnAge entry for Cabassous centralis. Classification Genus: Cabassous; Species: Cabassous centralis; Common name: Northern naked-tailed armadillo.
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Cabassous centralis is found in South America, including the area east of the Andes from northern Argentina to Colombia. Generally inhabit grasslands and wooded areas.
Prefer areas with thick vegetation as a method of hiding from predators. They live in burrows with the entrance opening to open ground or the base of an embankment. The body of Cabassous centralis ranges from 30 cm to 71 cm. The tail varies from 10 cm ecntralis 18 cm.
Cabassous centralis is called the naked-tail armadillo because its tail lacks the protective, keratinous plates found on its body. They are also called eleven-banded armadillos for the number of bands that make up their “armor.
Northern naked-tailed armadillo (Cabassous centralis) longevity, ageing, and life history
Large claws adapted for digging are found on both the forefeet and hindfeet. The middle claw is especially large and sickle-shaped. Coloration is dark brown to almost black with yellow lateral areas and a yellow-gray underside. The head is broad with a short, wide snout and well-separated ears.
This species walks on the tips of its claws on its forefeet centrslis on the soles of the hindfeet. It is capable running rapidly for short distances to escape danger. Not much research has been done specifically on the reproduction patterns of C. Armadillos are solitary creatures but some have been known to travel in pairs or small groups.
They are nocturnal and cabaesous their activity after sunset. Diet consists almost exclusively of insects. These include larvae and adult scarab beetles, termites, and ants.
They are also known to eat earthworms, bird eggs, and small reptiles and amphibians. Prey is extracted from the tunnels by a long, extensible tongue. They can locate insects in the soil by their keen sense of smell.
They are not considered a threat to crops like some other species of armadillos. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a now extinct synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities.
Epiphytes and climbing plants are also abundant.
Northern naked-tailed armadillo – Wikipedia
Precipitation is typically not limiting, but may be somewhat seasonal. Savannas are grasslands cenralis scattered individual trees that do not form a closed canopy. Extensive savannas are found in parts of subtropical and tropical Africa and South America, and in Australia. A grassland with scattered trees or scattered clumps of trees, a type of community intermediate between grassland and forest. See also Tropical savanna and grassland biome. Vegetation is made up mostly of grasses, the height and species diversity of which depend largely on cenhralis amount of moisture available.
Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands.
Northern naked-tailed armadillo
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Biogeographic Regions neotropical native Habitat Generally inhabit grasslands and wooded areas. Terrestrial Biomes savanna or grassland forest rainforest scrub forest Physical Description Cabxssous body of Cabassous centralis ranges from 30 cm to 71 cm.
Other Physical Features endothermic homoiothermic bilateral symmetry Range mass 2 to 3 kg 4. Economic Importance for Humans: Glossary Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World. In other words, Central and South America. Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support.