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Texas State Mammal (small)
Armadillo
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The armadillo was adopted as the official state small mammal by the Texas Legislature in 1995. Adult armadillos are about the size of a small cat and weigh 12-17 pounds. It's covered with a unique kind of armor, made of small plates of tough skin. The armadillo protects itself from predators by using their sharp claws or burrowing itself into the ground, if they cannot find a hole to escape. They can even roll themselves into a ball!
 
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