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Uploaded: September 15, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: September 15, 2008
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With this next tutorial you will all be learning how to draw an armadillo. This animal comes in twenty different varieties. Amazingly out of all twenty there is only one that lives outside of Latin America. The one that lives on the outside away from the others is the nine banded armadillo and this species can be found in the United States. It is no surprise that the armadillo’s race is mostly based in Latin America, the word armadillo means “little armored one” in Spanish. This weird looking and created animal has bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail. It use to be that the turtle was the only animal that came with full body armor, but armadillos are the only living mammals that wear these protective shells on their body. If you were to guess, what other animals would you say that the armadillo is cousins to? Well if you guessed anteaters and sloths you are absolutely right. Like the anteater, they have pointy or shovel-shaped snouts and like the sloth they have small eyes. They also come in two sizes and colors. The first size is six inches long, and has a salmon colored hide, this one is called the pink fairy armadillo. The other is five feet long and a dark-brown colored hide, this one is called the giant armadillo. The rest of them come in black, red, gray, or a yellowish color. The myth that these animals can roll up in a ball and totally enclose themselves in a hard covered shell is not true at all. The only armadillo that has this ability is the three banded species. They live in areas like the rain forests, grasslands, and semi deserts, they have to live in warm climates because they have a low fat count which means that cold weather can wipe out this specie of animal entirely. There is a movie called Steel Magnolias that has a blood red cake of an armadillo made for a wedding reception. That was pretty neat when they cut into the cake and it was all red looking. This tutorial will show you how to draw an armadillo step by step. I will be back with another drawing tutorial in a bit, but for now stick around and follow the easy steps to draw your very own armadillo.

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Step 2. How to Draw an Armadillo