Southern Three-Banded Armadillo

Three banded armadillo at Wingham Wildlife Park

Southern Three-Banded Armadillo Natural History


These animals are around 24 cm (9 inches) long and weigh just over 1 kg.

Habitat and Distribution

These armadillos live in both savannah and woodland in Brazil.


This species can live for 15 years in the wild or over 20 years in captivity.


Most of their wild diet is ants and termites, but they do also eat other insect as well as fruits and carrion.

Groups and Breeding

Females give birth to a single young after a gestation period of 120 days which will nurse for 10 weeks.

Threats and Conservation

The only species which can prey on this animal in the wild are pumas and jaguars because of its protective armour. As such their main threat is habitat destruction which has caused them to become classified as near threatened by the IUCN.

Interesting facts

Southern three-banded armadillos are the only armadillos which can roll up into a complete ball.

The Southern Three-Banded Armadillo During Your Day Out in Kent

Our southern three-banded armadillos live upstairs in the chimpanzee house. This area is also home to Linnaeus two toed sloths, Senegal bush babies, southern tamandua, plantain squirrel and African pygmy hedgehogs plus cotton top, emperor and red handed tamarins.