The Pangolin (Manis Gigantea), also called the Scaly Anteater, is a mammal. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, which means “something that rolls up”.
They have large, hard scales that cover their entire bodies, short legs and big claws for digging burrows and other holes. They are able to curl up into a ball when threatened or frightened and their scales act as armour. Pangolins are hunted and eaten in certain parts of Africa.
They are generally located in central and southern parts of Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Sudan and Ethiopia. They are able to adapt to various habitats from forests to grasslands to deserts.
Pangolins don’t have teeth at all or the ability to chew. They tear up anthills or termite mounds with their claws and use their long, sticky tongues to capture and eat the insects.
Taxidermy (Hunting Pangolin):
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Facts about the Pangolin:
African Pangolins only give birth to a single offspring at one time
In China, Pangolin is considered a delicacy meat
They curl up in a ball when they sleep and are nocturnal