Armadillos cross streams by walking underwater. The mammals are able to hold their breath for around six minutes, which allows them to simply use their claws to grip and walk across the bottom of streams.
Although armadillos are covered with a distinctive heavy armor of bony plates, they are proficient swimmers. For deeper bodies of water, armadillos are able to easily swim and travel through the water due to their ability to inflate their stomachs intestines when they take deep breaths, which lightens their load and helps them float through the water.
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