Armaillos are small placental mammals, known for having a bony armor shell. The Dasypodidae are the only surviving family in the order Cingulata, part of the superorder Xenarthra along with the anteaters and sloths. The word armadillo is Spanish for "little armored one".

Trivia about armadillos

  • Humans and this "armored" mammal are among the only known animals that carry the bacterium that causes leprosy