Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

* Please click the continent to see the endangered species of our neighborhood.
South America
Chlamyphorus truncatus * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas (Indonesia)
Region : Argentina (South America)
Status : Data Deficient
The pink fairy armadillo, nicknamed as the “sand-swimmer” is said to be able to burrow through the ground as fast as a fish can swim in the sea. This smallest species of armadillo has small eyes, silky yellowish white fur, a flexible dorsal shell, and claws relatively big to the size of this animal. They are able to compress dirt behind while digging to help prevent tunnel collapsing by using their flattened armor. Pink fairy armadillo is a dessert-adapted animal that can be found inhabiting sandy plains, dunes, and scrubby grasslands at central Argentina. This species of armadillo has nocturnal and solitary habits, where their diet consist of insects, worms, snail, and various plant parts. They are classified as subterranean armadillo, which means they are extremely sensitive to environmental changes and stress. As an example, temperature and soil quality takes part in their chance of longevity to live.
Farming activities and predators including dogs and cats have taken a role in the declining of population for pink fairy armadillo. Heavy storms makes these armadillo go above ground to try and avoid the threat of drowning and wetting their fur, as a wet fur can cause hypothermia by being unable to properly thermoregulate. But by being above ground, they expose themselves to more danger with dogs and humans around. Many people in America continue to hunt pink fairy armadillo for consumption, as it is said that their texture and taste is similar to pork.

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