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.