Screaming Hairy Armadillo (Chaetophractus vellerosus)
… a species of armadillo also known as the Crying Armadillo or the Small Hairy Armadillo. It is a burrowing armadillo found in the central and southern parts of South America. The adjective “screaming” derives from its habit of squealing when handled or threatened. This is one of the smallest and slenderest of the genus Chaetophractus but has longer ears than others in its genus. The male armadillo has a length ranging from 328 to 400 mm (12.9 to 16 in).
The armadillo is nocturnal by summer and diurnal in winter. It can subsist for long periods without water. The armadillo burrows, often at the base of bushes and shrubs. It has multiple burrows in its range and each burrow may have more than one entrance. It is found in arid areas from low to high altitudes. The armadillo is omnivorous; its diet consists of insects, vertebrates and plant material…
(read more: Wikipedia) (photo: Arnaud Boucher)
Just learned about these guys. Weird looking little buggers.
Aye-aye skeleton and behavior.
Aye-ayes fill the same ecological niche as woodpeckers do, thanks to their loooong and skinny middle fingers that serve the same role as a woodpecker’s long tongue. In addition to their long, bug-picking fingers, they also have constantly-growing teeth. This led to early naturalists to classify them as “Rodentia”. They’re now considered relatives of the lemur, but that classification is still not certain; some species of aye-aye have rodent-like bone structures, and even though molecular genetics shows lemurs and aye-ayes having a relatively recent common ancestor, its classification is still challenged.
Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. 1872.