When you first see one, you may think it cannot really be an armadillo because it is so tiny. The smallest of the species at about 3.5 to 4.5 inches in length, it weighs only about 4.2 ounces. It has a long tail and is pink in color, which makes it very unique. The shell is very thick and is covered with fur on the underside.
This animal is native to Argentina and is mainly found in grassland areas or regions where there are cacti or thorny bushes. If you come upon it very quickly, it will become frightened and bury itself in a matter of seconds. It lives in burrows in the ground, which are usually located quite close to ant colonies, because they are its main food. It does however, also eat plants and root material, small worms and snails, as well as insects.