Pangolin -
White Bellied

Conservation Status:
Endangered

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Population: Not known (IUCN Red list)
  • Life span: 13 years
  • Weight: Up to 3kg
  • Height: Up to 100cm



Disgusting (and Interesting) Facts

  • A Pangolin's tongue is longer than the animals head and body when fully extended. They use it to lap up ants and termites in deep cavities other animals can't reach.

  • When born, Pangolins are about six inches long and weigh about 340 grams. Their scales are soft and pale, and begin to harden by the second day.

  • One adult Pangolin can eat 70 million insects each year.

  • Pangolins are covered in sharp scales that protect them from predators. If they are scared they curl up into a tight scale covered ball.

  • Ants and Termites are a large part of the Pangolins diet. To prevent them from crawling in their ears and up their nose, they close them when feeding.

  • Pangolins are the worlds most illegally traded wild mammal. They are desirable for their meat and their scales are used in traditional medicine.

  • Pangolins are the only truly scaly mammal.

  • Pangolins have the highest number of vertebrae (46-47) out of the mammals.

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