Help save the Pangolins!
- The Chinese pangolin is scientifically known as Manis pentadactyla
- Also commonly known as "Scaly Anteater"
- Their size ranges from 3.5 - 73 pounds
- Their color ranges from yellowish brown to olive to dark brown
- Protective scales made of keratin that overlap cover most of the pangolin's body, while their undersides are covered in sparse fur
- there are bristles in between their scales as well
- they have small conical heads
- long and muscular tongues great for licking up their diet of ants and termites
- With the limbs of a sloth, they can dig fairly well.
- the back paws have 5 toes and the fore feet have 3 long curved claws perfect for destroying their preys nests
- Pangolins are shy and nocturnal, rolling into a ball when threatened
An adult Chinese pangolin looking out if place on the concrete.
A map showing the wide range of where all 8 species of pangolins live.
- Chines pangolins are found in Asian grasslands, thick bushes, dry woodlands, open savanna regions, tropical and sub-tropical forests. Even rubber plantations.
- Their habitats range from as far north as Nepal and the outskirts or the Himalayas, as far west as Pakistan and as far south as the southern tip of Indonesia.
- The pangolin population is currently unknown, but guessed to be dropping draticaaly because of the huge demand for pangolin meat and scales
- pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world, and are poached quite frequently
- Pangolins only produce 1 offspring, rarely 2 at a time, thus making it harder for the species to rise in population as easily.
- laws are being made, and poaches being caught and stopped to prevent them from going extinct. There are websites and organizations dedicated to helping the species.
- They are huge in many cases some of which being that they lower ant and termite populations quite a bit, also being the meal for another animal on the [food] chain.
- Keep ants and termites from ruling the world!
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2) "Pangolin." WorldWildlife.org. World Wildlife Fund, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.
3) "Chinese Pangolin." IUCNSSC Pangolin Specialist Group RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.
4) "What Is A Pangolin?" Save Pangolins. N.p., 04 Jan. 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.