Range: western USA.

Habitat: plains.

Size: HBL is about 6 feet long. TL is about 4 feet long. Weight is about 300 pounds.

Character: This is a large armadillo, and like all other Panoplotherium species, they are covered in woolly type fur. During the winter months, when it gets colder where they live, the fur gets more extensive, and even covers the armor. This extensive woolly coat sheds off in the spring. Like other close relatives of Dasyventris, these armadillos are not able to roll up into a ball, but the armor is impenetrable. These animals live in couples, and do everything together. They feed on anything that smells edible. They are omnivores, plant matter as well as animal matter can be consumed, including berries, eggs, insects, and small vertebrates. They are diurnal animals, and themselves may become prey for many types of predators, including deinognathids, foxes, mongooses, cats, and predatory rats. The armor offers some degree of protection, but the main mode of defense is the long, razor-sharp claws. They can also slap with their heavily-armored tail. They are not as fast-moving as such species as Dasyventris. Males and females stay together for life, and breed once per year. The females may have as many as 4 babies per litter, all usually of the same sex. The mother raises them until they are about 9 months old, after which time they are driven off.

Range: northern USA.

Habitat: mountainous forests.

Size: HBL is about 9 feet long. TL is about 5 feet long. Weight is about 700 pounds.

Character: This is the largest of the Panoplotherium species. They are characterized by their soft woolly fur, which during the cold season, covers the entire body, including over the armor. They are diurnal animals, and spend their nights usually asleep under a boulder or log. Daytime is spent searching for food and trying to avoid predation. Their predators include mostly deinognathids, foxes, and mongooses. These animals have armor on the back and head, and this offers some protection. Their main method of defense is their slashing claws. They can also slap at a predator with their armored tail. These animals themselves are omnivores. They feed on anything from grass to small mammals. They are not herders, like Dasyventris, but rather live in male-female couples. These couples stay together for life, and breed together during the breeding season. Females may have as many as 4 pups per litter. The babies all come out as the same sex, and are raised until they are about 9 months old.

Range: San Diego Is.

Habitat: mountainous forests.

Size: HBL is about 5 feet long, TL is about 3 feet long. Weight is about 300 pounds.

Character: This animal, like other species of Panoplotherium, are most notable for the thick, woolly fur that covers the body. During the cold season, the fur even covers the armor. These armadillos are very well adapted to the freezing mountain climate that makes up their home. In this climate, most other armadillo species would not survive. These animals are diurnal, their days are spent feeding and moving from one feeding ground to another. Night is spent sleeping in a cavern, or out in the bare ground. Usually on their belly. They are omnivorous animals too, much like other armadillos. Food items consist of anything from grass and worms to small vertebrates, such as mice, lizards and small birds and eggs. They themselves can fall prey to animals like Terromala, and even Dyscampturus might take them down. Though rarely. These animals are quite capable of defending themselves by using their sharp, curved claws, normally used for digging. They can severely injur a predator that gets too close. They can also slap them with their tail, which is heavily armored and can act like a club. The hearing is superb in this animal, and are excellent for spotting predators. The ears move independantly in any direction, capable of picking up the slightest footfalls on even a strong, windy day. These animals live in male-female couples, which stay together for life. Females come into season only once per year, but may have as many as 4 babies per season. She will raise them with little help from the male for as long as 9 months. After that time, she will drive them completely away from her territory.

Range: southwestern USA.

Habitat: mountainous plains and drylands.

Size: HBL is about 5 feet long, TL is about 3 feet long. Weight is about 300 pounds.

Character: This is the only species of Panoplotherium that lives in warmer climates year round. Though they are not much different than the other species, the woolly coat does not extend over the armor at any time of the year. Rather, the coat simply stays where they need it most. These animals cannot curl into a ball like Dasypus can, but the armor still gives them some level of protection. They must be protected from such threats as those presented by the foxes, mongooses and Deinognathids. The long, sharp claws are their best method of defense. But also, the tail can act as a club. These animals themselves are omnivorous, feeding mostly on anything from grasses to small animals, up to the size even of small antelopes. They are also scavengers, and will even scavenge kills made by some of their own mortal enemies. They are diurnal animals, feeding by day and sleeping at night on a grassy tussok, or in a soft dirt mound. They live in male-female couples, and they also form mating bonds. They mate once a year, and every year for the life of the couple. A female may have as many as 4 pups per year, and raise these pups until they are about 9 months old and sexually mature.

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