There are nine genera of armadillos, comprising 21 living species. They are members of the taxonomic order Cingulata, family Dasypodidae. All are native to the temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas.

Unique among mammals, all armadillo species bear a leathery carapace. The extent to which the carapace covers the animal’s dorsum, and its firmness, varies between species.

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