The nine-banded armadillo common here in Texas can hold its breath for as long as six minutes. Most Texans know that, because of the weight of their armor, they can walk across the bottom of bodies of water. But did you know that they can also swim quite well? They have a trick of "swallowing air" to inflate their stomachs, giving them a temporary buoyancy for long enough to swim across narrow ditches and streams.
While I have you:
While there are 21 species of armadillos in the world, there is only one U.S. species, the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus).
Average Size: 25-48" long (including the tail); 8-18 lbs
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 7-10 years
Identifying Features: greyish-brown oval-shaped body with a long, tapering tail; long head with a pointy snout and small black eyes on either side; hard, armor-like shell (carapace) with 7-11 distinct band-shaped breaks around the center; four short legs with long claws designed for digging.
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.