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Armadillo Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

These coloring sheets not only provide a fun, artistic outlet but also serve as a valuable tool for learning about the different species of armadillos, their habitats, and their behaviors. Whether used in a classroom setting, as a rainy day activity at home, or as a mindfulness exercise for adults, our armadillo coloring pages blend art with education, captivating the imagination and fostering a deeper appreciation for wildlife.

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Armadillo Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

Go ahead and pick any design that appeals to you.

Just select the template you like best, download the free PDF, print it out, and unleash your coloring creativity without limits.

Additionally, these templates can be used as guides for embroidery or as inspiration for detailed fine line tattoos.

The potential uses are as broad as your imagination permits.

Armadillo facts

If you’re just starting out with my coloring pages, I want to highlight that I take pleasure in offering you the chance to immerse yourself in the subject matter.

This approach allows you to effortlessly turn your coloring activity into a learning adventure.

With this in mind, let’s get started!

Armadillos are remarkable for their distinct characteristics and behaviors, blending uniqueness with fascinating aspects of their biology and ecology.

Here’s a list of fun and interesting facts about armadillos:

  • Natural Armor: Armadillos boast a hard shell made of bone covered by a tough protective skin. This armor is a defense mechanism against predators.
  • Diverse Species: With about 20 species, armadillos vary greatly in size, from the tiny pink fairy armadillo at roughly 5 inches (13 cm) long to the giant armadillo, which can reach up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length.
  • Unique Among Mammals: They are the only living mammals to wear such a protective shell.
  • Defensive Leaping: The nine-banded armadillo can jump vertically up to 3 to 4 feet (about 1 meter) into the air when scared, to startle predators.
  • Solitary by Nature: Armadillos generally lead solitary lives, engaging in activities like sleeping during the day and foraging at night.
  • Digging Experts: Their claws are perfectly adapted for digging elaborate burrows for sleep, rearing young, and protection.
  • Varied Diet: Their diet mainly consists of insects and other invertebrates, supplemented by small vertebrates, eggs, fruits, and seeds.
  • Egg Laying: Armadillos lay eggs with a leathery shell, an uncommon trait for mammals, aligning more with reptilian reproduction.
  • Identical Quadruplets: The nine-banded armadillo uniquely gives birth to four genetically identical offspring from a single egg, following a delayed implantation.
  • Aquatic Abilities: Armadillos can swim well by inflating their intestines for buoyancy or walking underwater for up to six minutes, thanks to their ability to hold their breath.
  • Cooler Body Temperature: They have a lower body temperature than most mammals, around 90°F (32°C).
  • Expanding Habitat: Originally from Latin America, the nine-banded armadillo is increasingly found in the U.S., especially in southern states.
  • Keen Sense of Smell: Despite having poor vision, armadillos have an excellent sense of smell to detect food.
  • Cultural Roles: In various cultures, armadillos are either considered a delicacy or feature in myths and folklore.

These insights showcase the armadillo’s adaptability and the extraordinary traits that enable them to thrive in diverse environments.

We learned lots about armadillos, but there’s much know to know.

If you would like to read more about them, here are some other reputable resources to check out.:

  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
  • If you would like to see an alphabetized index of free printable coloring pages, go here!
  • All of my animals coloring pages are found here.
  • Or, my other mammals coloring pages can be found here.

Tips for coloring

Coloring a picture of an armadillo can be a delightful and creative experience.

Here are some of my best tips and tricks to make your armadillo-themed artwork really come to life:

  • Study Real Armadillos: Before you start coloring, look at pictures of real armadillos to get a sense of their natural colors and textures. This will help you choose a realistic color palette and enhance the authenticity of your artwork.
  • Textured Shading: Armadillos have a unique texture on their armor and body. Use different shading techniques, such as stippling (dotting) for the armored sections and smooth shading for the softer body parts, to mimic these textures.
  • Layer Colors: Start with lighter colors and gradually add darker shades to create depth, especially on the armadillo’s armor plates. This layering technique can help achieve a more dynamic and three-dimensional look.
  • Highlight the Armor Plates: Pay special attention to the segmented armor plates. Use slightly different shades or add subtle highlights to each plate to depict the way light reflects off their surface, giving them a more rounded appearance.
  • Experiment with Patterns: While armadillos typically have natural, earthy tones, don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns or vibrant colors, especially if you’re going for a more whimsical or imaginative piece.
  • Incorporate the Environment: Consider the armadillo’s habitat when coloring the background. Adding elements like grass, dirt, or leaves can provide context and make your coloring page come alive.
  • Use the Right Tools: For finer details, like the texture on the armor or facial features, use fine-tipped markers or colored pencils. For larger areas, broader tips or even watercolors can create beautiful effects.
  • Focus on the Eyes: The eyes can bring your armadillo to life. Even if the rest of the drawing is stylized or unrealistic, adding a spark of light or reflection to the eyes can give your armadillo character and vitality.
  • Embrace Mistakes: If you color outside the lines or choose a shade you’re not happy with, try to incorporate it into your design. Sometimes, unexpected changes can lead to creative breakthroughs.
  • Have Fun: Most importantly, remember that coloring is about enjoyment and self-expression. Feel free to explore, experiment, and let your creativity flow without worrying about perfection.

By following these tips, you can enhance your coloring experience and create beautiful, detailed pictures of armadillos that capture the essence of these unique animals.

Options For Printing:

Letter A is for armadillo writing practice worksheets

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Letter A is for armadillo coloring page example
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Letter A is for armadillo worksheet example
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Letter A is for armadillo word page example

Various armadillo designs

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Armadillo coloring pages example
Armadillo coloring page example
Armadillo coloring page example


What are the most common colors of armadillo?

Here is a simple list of the most common colors an armadillo typically is:

Pinkish (notably for the Pink Fairy Armadillo)
Cream or White (for the underbelly)

*I will add more armadillo colour / color questions and answers as the questions get sent to me.


In conclusion, our armadillo coloring pages offer a unique blend of educational content and creative fun, making them a perfect activity for people of all ages.

With their distinctive armor and intriguing behaviors, armadillos provide a fascinating subject for artistic exploration.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about these unique creatures, seeking a fun educational tool, or simply searching for a relaxing way to pass the time, coloring pages featuring armadillos are sure to deliver.

They not only encourage creativity and attention to detail but also deepen our appreciation for the natural world and its diverse inhabitants.

So, grab your crayons, pencils, or markers, and begin on a coloring journey that brings the interesting world of armadillos right to your fingertips.

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Check out my other free printables

  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
  • If you would like to see an alphabetized index of free printable coloring pages, go here!
  • All of my animals coloring pages are found here.
  • Or, my other mammals coloring pages can be found here.

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