As its name implies, the screaming hairy armadillo (Chaetophractus vellerosus) squeals when threatened, perhaps by a hungry jaguar. Resting inside a burrow dug deep into a sand dune, it escapes the heat of a summer day. In winter, the armadillo is more active during the day.
- Where to see them: Central South America
- Length: Up to 1.3 ft
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Lifespan: 16 yrs
- Habitat: Desert, grassland, scrubland, and forest
- Diet: Plants, insects, and other small animals