Physical Attributes
Kingdom Mammalia
Species Doedicurus
Height Approx. 4 ft'
Eye Color Varying
Skin Color Peach skin
Green shell
Diet Herbivore

Glyptodons, also known as glyptos, were medium-sized, shelled mammals that lived during the ice ages.


Glyptodons were short, stout armadillo-like animals that had large, protective shells like turtles and club tails for protection. All glyptodons had four stumpy legs ending in large flat feet and had short necks which remained closely inside their shells. Glyptodons, like turtles, possessed a bottom half of their shells and could retract into their shells when danger came along.

Glyptodons traveled in herds, waddling slowly. The feelings of glyptodons were easily hurt, and most lacked intellect. [1]


The glyptodons were among the animals that left the northern forests and valleys due to oncoming cold of the ice ages, heading for warmer southern climates.

Glyptodon herds reached the southern valleys and enjoyed the naturally-occurring water slides and pools formed by global warming, but quickly left these games to escape the floods brought on by melting ice and snow, which would flood the valley they resided in. The glyptodons escaped the flood and went on to find new homes.

A number of glyptodons later encountered a species long since thought extinct: an angry mother Tyrannosaurus on the lookout for her missing children.

Further on, during the days of the continental drift, the glyptodons were forced, along with the other herds of animals, to find a new home as the land was drastically changing due to the shifting continents. The glyptodons, along with all other animals, found a new home in the form of a great landmass across the seas.

Few years later, some glyptodons witnessed a meteor shower, and, not long after that, they were invited to the wedding of Peaches and Julian, two mammoths that were members of the herd that stopped a deadly asteroid.


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Behind the Scenes

While the Glyptodon in the Ice Age films sport shells like those of a turtle with a top and bottom half, true glyptodonts had only one side of their shell, the top half, leaving their underbelly exposed.

Despite it lived during the ice age (going extinct at the end of it), the Glyptodon only lived in warm places, in South America, and never reached places covered by ice.

Though these glyptodonts have been stated to be Glyptodon in official media, they have a mace-like tail, which is a characteristic of Doedicurus, not Glyptodon.


  1. Ice Age: The Essential Guide, p29: "Ice Age Folk"
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