or more of the tunnels have nest chambers, which the animal
lines with grass and weeds. Nine-banded armadillos will
share their burrows only with members of the same sex. Each
animal has its own territory, but those of males often overlap.
Territories are marked with scent. Days are spent in whichever
burrow is nearest at the end of the night's wanderings.
The lifespan of an Armadillo is up to 20 years in captivity
for the nine-banded armadillo.
I would guess that the average lifespan in the wild would
be between five to seven years. Armadillos generally feed
at night on insects, small animals, birds' eggs, fungi,
roots, and fruits. It uses its strong sense of smell to
detect food. Its long snout has particularly sensitive nostrils.
Using its long, sticky tongue, the armadillo can eat more
than 40,000 ants at one feeding.