Animalia Mamalia Natural History Zoology Antique Print
circa 1850 Colored Engraving - Antique Art Print
Beautiful Natural History - Zoology Antique Print
Collectible Print from Scripture Natural History by W. I. Bicknell, licentiate of theology
Published by John Tallis and Company, London and New York
Approximate Image Size: 3 3/4 X 5 1/2 inches
Approximate Overall Size With Margins: 4 1/2 X 6/ 1/2 inches
CONDITION: Suitable age toning. Excellent Condition. Blank on reverse.
(General info only, not included with print) Armadillos 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".
There are approximately 10 extant genera and around 20 extant species of armadillo, some of which are distinguished by the number of bands on their armor. Their average length is about 75 centimeters (30 in), including tail; the Giant Armadillo grows up to 100 cm (39 in) and weigh 30 kg (66lbs), while the Pink Fairy Armadillos are diminutive species with an overall length of 12–15 cm (4–5 in). All species are native to the Americas, where they inhabit a variety of environments.
In the United States, the sole resident armadillo is the Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), which is most common in the central southernmost states, particularly Texas. Their range is as far east as Florida and as far north as Kansas, and while cold winters have slowed the expansion of their range (due to a lack of sufficient body fat), they have been consistently expanding their range over the last century due to a lack of natural predators and have been found as far as western Kentucky, and are expected to eventually reach Ohio before the cold winters inhibit their expansion. (widipedia source)