Screaming hairy armadillo

Screaming hairy armadillo

The brown armor that covers the body of an armadillo, known as a carapace, is made of keratin – the same protein that makes up our hair and nails. The screaming hairy armadillo is native to South America and is considered a cultural symbol of the Bolivian highlands. They are often found building homes in sand dunes where they are easily able to dig.

Chaetophractus vellerosus

Insectivore

South America

Deserts, Grasslands, Scrublands

This animal ambassador lives behind the scenes at the Wieland Wildlife Home, but you could meet one at one of our evening events, at a pop-up animal encounter during your Zoo visit, or if you register for one of our education programs.

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