The Pink Fairy Armadillo or Pichiciego deserves, without a doubt, a place among the rare and extraordinary of nature.
This rare mammal, unique to South America, is a creature with both amazing and very rare abilities and characteristics.
Unique characteristics of the Pink Fairy Armadillo
The Pink Fairy Armadillo is a rare mammal whose scientific name is Truncatus Chlamyphorus.
It’s only about four inches long from head to tail.
But don’t let this fool you, this little animal has a knack for building tunnels that is simply amazing. Its vision is not null but different, as it serves to perceive changes in the luminosity of the environment and not to differentiate colors and shapes, therefore it is not completely blind.
But something really rare in this animal, is its pink color in most of its body in both baby and adult Pink Fairy Armadillo.
This rare mammal has a shell made of layers just like a common armadillo, only this one is removable.
Its coat is white, scientists believe, to suit the white of the snow in winter. What is certain is that it is very useful for protection from the cold because of its silky texture.
The skin on its legs is rough and hard, which is a good complement to the strong claws it has and which it uses to dig its burrows, by the way very skillfully.
Its tail is also a novelty, as its diamond shape is the opposite of other armadillos. It also has a different purpose in the case of the Pichiciego: it serves as a support when walking. Yes, he uses it as a fifth leg.
He is very shy due to his limited vision, so when he surfaces for food and feels threatened, he digs with his characteristic skill, this self-defense mechanism further limits his observation.
Habitat of this Rare Mammal
Geographically, these rare animals have been seen exclusively in the central region of Argentina.
They are comfortable in the dryer and more arid areas of that ecosystem. In fact, the sandier the area, the more comfortable it is.
Of course, the soil should not be so sandy, as it would not be structurally stable, making it impossible to build a home.
The degree of difficulty to see it is very high, which has limited the wider study of its habitat, added to this its reduced place of origin makes impossible further studies on its environment and way of life.
Feeding the Pink Fairy Armadillo
The Pink Fairy Armadillo is omnivorous, so it can eat both vegetable and organic foods.
Its menu may include ants, worms and other small insects that make life underground; in addition, some plants and roots also serve as food.
Its highly developed sense of smell is very useful to it, in the absence of “better” vision. However, no further details are known about the diet of this peculiar and unique animal.
Some Curious Facts about this Strange Animal
Some scholars claim that the first writings about the Pichiciego Menor date from 1825. Whether this is true or not, what matters is that this impressive and unparalleled organism deserves a prize for rarity and exuberance.
It is reported that there are those who have in fact come across the Pichiciego and have even been able to capture it, but knowing absolutely nothing about this unparalleled armadillo, they have only seen how it ends up losing its life due to the lack of better care given the scarce data on its habits and needs.
Its reproduction remains a mystery. The total population also joins the inconclusive data of its history; it is also inconclusive if it has natural predators or if it is in danger of extinction.
Despite this, there should be more regulations in order to provide more protection to this species and its habitat. Greater priority should be given to the study of the Pichiciego in order not to lose another animal species to extinction as has happened over time.