A stuffed armadillo is the skin of a dead armadillo that has been preserved, mounted and stuffed using the art of taxidermy to simulate a live armadillo. Alternatively, the phrase "stuffed armadillo" can be used to refer to a plush stuffed toy created to resemble an armadillo.
Only one species of armadillo lives in the United States, the nine-banded armadillo. There are 19 other species of armadillo that live in Central and South America. Armadillos are closely related to sloths and anteaters. Armadillos are the only mammals that form a shell out of bony plates.
Willie Nelson, country singer, has a famous stuffed taxidermy mount armadillo that he uses as a mascot. It has been stolen and returned twice, as of August 2014.