The Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) is the smallest known species of armadillo, tipping the scales at less than one pound. They are only inches in length and don’t look like what initially comes to mind when you think of an armadillo. These guys are mostly furry with a scaly covering over its back and top of its head, and with big scaly feet. The Pink Fairy Armadillo uses it’s proportionally massive feet to dig, and will burry itself as a defense mechanism. They are found in Argentina in grassy dry habitats that are perfect for their digging. They are omnivorous and will eat all kinds of little foods like snails, worms, plant matter, and ants, though ants are their top food preference. They will find places near ant hills to dig their burrows just to be close to their favorite food.
Because they only give birth to one baby at a time and because of habitat loss and destruction, these little guys have been listed as threatened since the 1970’s.
This week for Weird Wildlife Wednesday, I’m going to tell you all about the Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). These little oddballs are only found in Madagascar and you may find it surprising that they are actually primates. At first glance, their face may look similar to a bat, and they actually are the only primate that utilizes echolocation like bats. Nocturnal omnivores, they spend most of their life in the trees of the rainforest, building their nests their and finding food their.
Aye-aye’s are endangered, largely because of overhunting. You see, in Madagascar, the native people consider aye-aye’s to be a bad omen and kill them immediately when they see them. Habitat loss, like with most endangered species, is another major factor in their downfall.
First of all, it’s a fun alliteration. But it is also a regular series of posts I am going to be starting this week.
Once a week, I am going to post a “Weird Wildlife Wednesday” with a picture of and fun facts about a unique or unusual species (could be plant or could be animal). Sometimes it may be an endangered species, sometimes it may be a recently extinct species, and sometimes it may just be a species that I think is really weird. I think we all know about the big fun animals like great white sharks, polar bears, elephants, moose, etc., but there are a lot of interesting creatures out there that people often overlook. I hope to give those creatures their 15 minutes of fame.
If you have a suggestion for a species you would like to see spotlighted, email NaturallyHillary@gmail.com or comment on this post. I don’t guarantee I’ll do all of them, but I will try as many as possible.