The pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) or pichiciego is the smallest species of armadillo (mammals of the family Dasypodidae, recognized by a bony armor shell), first described by R. Harlan in 1825. This desert-adapted animal is endemic to central Argentina and can be found inhabiting sandy plains, dunes, and scrubby grasslands.

Pink fairy armadillos have small eyes, silky yellowish white fur, and a flexible dorsal shell that is solely attached to its body by a thin dorsal membrane. In addition, its spatula-shaped tail protrudes from a vertical plate at the blunt rear of its shell. This creature exhibits nocturnal and solitary habits and has a diet that is mainly composed of insects, worms, snails, and various plant parts.

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10 amazing animals you’ve never heard of before - but need to hear about now as some are endangered

1. Okapi - found in Central Africa. Endangered
2. Quoll - native to Australia and New Guinea. Threatened
3. Mara - native to South America. Threatened
4. Rock hyrax - native to sub-saharan Africa and South Africa. Not threatened
5. Dhole - native to Asia. Endangered
6. Japanese dwarf flying squirrel. Not threatened
7. Ring-tailed coati - native to South america. Not threatened
8. Pink fairy armadillo - native to Argentina. Currently no conservation status
9. Marble fox - native to Canada. Endangered
10. Australian golden possum. Not threatened



In a recent profile of Melania Trump, fashion photographer Stane Jerko tells GQ that it was hard to fit Melania with shoes for shoots, because her feet were so big. Then he says “You know what they say in Slovenia about people with big feet? When you live on big feet, you live big.” This idiom holds true for the pink fairy armadillo, a creature with big feet that is truly living its best life.

A definitive ranking of extant subterranean mammals

Astounding: golden moles. Absolutely pure, shiny and friendly. Look at this polite fellow.

Wonderful: pink fairy armadillo. Deserves to be fairy-type. Adorably small and innocent.

Marvelous: zokors. Too obscure to hate. Soft and good.

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Excellent: all other armadillos. Just want to mind their own business. There are no bad traits.

Superb: honey badger. Does not care.

Great: European badger. Excellent color contrast. Good to put on your currency or coat of arms.

Good: prairie dogs. Highly social, lives in complex burrows. Round. Their bark is less annoying than my dog’s.

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Alright: naked mole rat. Eusocial, immune to pain and cancer. Also looks like this.

Okay: gophers. Bitey. Dogs hate them.

Average: American badger. Shady and rude businessmen.

Mediocre: other mole rats. They’re like naked mole rats but not cool.

Bad: marsupial mole. Basically a fuzzy worm with half a face. What.

Atrocious: moles. Awful beings, should exist only in small doses.