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Armadillo Facts

- Armadillo means "little armored one" in Spanish.

- The armadillo can not survive in areas where the soil is too hard.

- Armadillos can swim underwater and hold their breath for up to 6 minutes.

- Armadillos can eat up to 40,000 ants in one meal.

- Armadillos sleep over 17 hours a day.

- The armadillo is the state mammal of Texas.

- Armadillos can carry leprosy. They can also carry rabies.

- When threatened by a predator, the three-banded armadillo can roll up into a ball.

- The average armadillo's lifespan is 12 to 15 years.