Southern naked-tailed armadillo

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Southern naked-tailed armadillo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Dasypodidae
Genus: Cabassous
Species: C. unicinctus
Binomial name
Cabassous unicinctus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Southern naked-tailed armadillo range

The southern naked-tailed armadillo, Cabassous unicinctus, is a small species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

It is a solitary nocturnal and terrestrial animal, living in many habitats from rainforest to grassland. As are many armadillos, it is an insectivore, feeding on ants and termites. It digs burrows with an entrance of about 16 cm diameter; these are used for only one night then abandoned.


  • Cabassous unicinctus squamicaudis Lund, 1845
  • Cabassous unicinctus unicinctus Linnaeus, 1758


  1. ^ Cuellar, E. & Members of the IUCN SSC Edentate Specialist Group (2008). Cabassous unicinctus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 30 December 2008.