Sangeetha Pulapaka
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Armadillos are creatues with long, pointed snouts. They have hard shells on the backs. Skin and hair cover their bellies. They live in logs or burrows. They make homes in grass lands and forests.

The armadillo's armor is made up of plates of skin-covered bone. Between these bony sections are flexible bands of skin. Hair grows through the skin on these bands and also on the animal's sides and much softer belly. How many bands an armadillo has depends upon the species. Where do armadillos live? 

 Wild armadillos live in the grasslands, forests, and deserts of North and South America. One species, the nine-banded armadillo, has extended its range as far north as the United States. They can be found in several states, including Texas, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Most other species live in South America, with some also in Central America and Mexico. How big are they? The smallest armadillo, the pink fairy armadillo, is only six inches long. Meanwhile, the giant armadillo can be five feet long and weigh up to 100 pounds! The nine-branded variety that is found in the United States can grow up two feet long and weigh up to 22 pounds.

                                      


There is a study that shows link between Armadilos and leprosy in the southern U.S

https://www.leprosy.org/study-shows-link-armadillos-leprosy-southern-u-s/