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How many giant armadillos are left in the world?

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It is not known exactly how many giant armadillos remain on Earth. The species is endangered, and the population of these creatures has declined by 30 to 50 percent in the last few decades.

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Giant armadillos generally weigh anywhere from 62 to 71 pounds when fully grown. The largest one on record weighed 119 pounds. These creatures are solitary animals that feed mainly on grubs such as termites. They are nocturnal feeders with large claws on their front feet that are used specifically for digging for insects. An armadillo can eat an entire termite mound for one quick meal.

Giant armadillos are native to South America and are found mainly in Brazil. They also exist in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela and Guyana. The major reason for their declining population is because they are being hunted by humans.

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