An arboreal pangolin climbs a tree.
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is a long-tailed, sticky-tongued tropical Old World (Asia and Africa) mammal. Most species
feed at night, sleep during the day, and roll into an impenetrable ball when threatened.
The pangolin's body is covered with large,
flat, imbricated horny scales; it somewhat resembles the New World armadillo in terms of
its feeding habits and its employment of a curled up, hedgehog-like defensive posture. It
has a long sticky tongue which it uses to gather termites and ants.
The pangolin is also called scaly anteater,
any of the armored placental mammals of the order Pholidota. Pangolin, from the Malayan
meaning "rolling over," refers to this animal's habit of curling into a ball
when threatened. About eight species of pangolins, usually considered to be of the genus
Manis, family Manidae, are found in tropical Asia.
Pangolins have a long tail, short powerful
limbs, and a conical head. They are native to the regions of Southeast Asia and are found
in parts of Africa. This reptile-like animal with large overlapping scales has often been
spotted in the Kafue National Park, in dry woodland or scrub terrain.
Some pangolins live in trees but most are
ground dwellers. Ground dwelling pangolins have strong legs capable of digging into
termite mounds for food. The arboreal pangolins have prehensile tails which they use both
for balance and as a hook to hang from. Arboreal pangolins roll up in a ball in a tree
hollow at night to sleep.
Pangolins vary in size. The Long-Tailed Pangolin is smallest, at
about 3 feet (1 meter) long and weighing 3-4 pounds (2 kg). The Giant Pangolin is almost 6
feet (2 meters) long and weighs 70 pounds (32 kg). The Giant Pangolin's tongue is about 2
feet (61 cm) long, and internally is anchored to the pangolin's hip bones.
Pangolins are well equipped for self defense.
The pangolin usually rolls up into a ball when threatened. Pangolins can lash out with
their razor sharp scales. Pangolins have scent glands similar to those of the skunk which
they can use to spray enemies.
Pangolins can amble along on all fours, but for
speed they stand up on two feet using their long tail for support. They run at a speed of
about 3 miles (5 km) per hour.
Pangolins are endangered (CITES
Appendix II or III, depending on species) because their skin
makes attractive leather for boots, similar to snakeskin or armadillo boots. Also,
pangolins are eaten in some parts of the world. Bill Arkin from
Holo-Spectra claims to
have had pangolin soup while in Thailand and nearly purchased a pangolin
information on pangolins
Brief National Geographic video about pangolins