In the sixteenth century, when Spaniards exploring the New World first encountered this curious mammal, they named it “armadillo” or, loosely translated, “little tank.” Armadillos are grouped with ant-eaters in the order Edentata, meaning “toothless,” and for the most part they are just that, except for a row of tiny enamel-free teeth that they use to hold onto the grubs and insect larvae they eat. Yet because they are nocturnal creatures, we still know precious little about them.
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