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Photo of a nine-banded Armadillo


The nine-banded armadillo was made the State Small Mammal of Texas in 1995, in part because it is a hardy, pioneering creature that began migrating here about the time Texas became a state.

  • General Information
    1. In what habitats would you expect to find nine-banded armadillos?
      • It is not easy to get this information from collection records, but you can see the different types of habitats that occur in the Concho Valley. For more information, visit the ASNHC Mammals Database.
    2. In what other states do nine-banded armadillos live?
      • VertNet is an online database with information from many collections, such as the ASNHC. You can go to the website and search for Dasypus novemcinctus. Then select the map option.
  • Questions
    1. How many nine-banded armadillos are stored in our collection?
    2. Where in Texas is the nine-banded armadillo found?
    3. Which seasons are nine-banded armadillos usually seen?
    4. When were the oldest specimens caught?
    5. Where were the oldest specimens caught?

    For answers, use the ASNHC Collection of Mammalogy Searchable Database.

    Preserved Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus specimen image gallery and questions

    1. Can you tell where it was found?
    2. Who collected it?
    3. Who prepared the specimen?
    4. On what date it was collected?
    5. Which sex is it?
    6. What are all of those numbers in the bottom left corner?
      • Total length, in millimeters
      • Tail length, in millimeters
        (The two numbers above are in brackets to indicate that these are the measurements that were taken, but they are not accurate for the living animal, probably because the end of the tail was broken.)
      • Foot length, in millimeters
      • Ear length, in millimeters
      • Weight, in kilograms
    7. What are the numbers and letters that don’t make sense to me?
      • 12714 written vertically on the left is the ASNHC number of this specimen. You can look it up in our Searchable Database.
      • T=28x20 means that this male (you noticed the male symbol in front of this, didn’t you?) had a testis that measured 28 mm long x 20 mm wide
      • 129 is the catalog number of Eddie K. Lyons, who prepared this specimen and recorded all of its information in his own personal catalog.

    For answers, use the ASNHC Collection of Mammalogy Searchable Database to find this specimen. 

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