This unusual looking animal cannot be confused with any other mammal in Missouri. It does not have furry skin; instead, it has hair only between hardened plates of skin that nearly encompass the body. There are two large plates with a series of 9 smaller moveable “girdles” or “bands” around the midsection. The head, short legs, and tail are covered with plates. The toes have well-developed claws. Overall color is mottled dark brown to yellowish white.