5 reasons why armadillos are awesome
Armadillos are nature's goofballs! Here are five reasons why these animals will make you ROTFL.
Armadillos like the nightlife.
These guys are mostly nocturnal. They stay inside their burrows when it’s hot and come out at dawn, dusk, or at night to look for food.
Armadillos look hilarious.
Armadillos turn into balls.
Armadillos usually aren't fighters. When threatened, the three-banded armadillo protects itself by rolling into a ball. The result looks so much like a soccer ball that the mascot of the World Cup in Brazil one year was a three-banded armadillo named Fuleco.
Armadillos stick their tongues out to eat.
Armadillos use their long, sticky tongues to feel around in ant nests, slurping up lots of ants at a time. A nine-banded armadillo can eat thousands of ants in one meal. Ants may not be your favorite food, but don’t make fun of an armadillo’s snack— it might stick out that extra-long tongue at you!
Armadillos are likely to get into traffic jams.
If you frighten an armadillo, it might run away to hide in the nearest burrow. But sometimes when one armadillo is trying to get into the burrow, another armadillo (or two!) is trying to get out. They get stuck!