Pangolins are found in Africa. There are some species of pangolin in Asia as well.
Pangolins are found in rainforests, scrubland, and savannahs.
Pangolins are covered with large scales that, when they roll up into a ball, protects them from predators. They have long curved claws for breaking apart termite nests and a long sticky tongue that is 1.5 feet long, for catching ants and termites. Their long, wide tail can grip like a hand (prehensile). They have a small, pointed head with no teeth. Pangolins can grow to over 4 feet long, including their tails.
They live alone except when coming together to mate or females with young. They are shy and active at night (nocturnal). They sleep days in their burrow. They are good climbers and swimmers.
They eat termites.
Predators are leopards, hyenas, pythons and man.
Females are pregnant for about 4.5 months (gestation) and have a single baby at any time of year.
Their lifespan is not known, but they have lived more than 10 years in captivity. They are listed as Lower Risk - least concern.
Species: Manis tricuspis
When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).
When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.
Amsel, Sheri. "Pangolin" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2021. October 16, 2021
< http://exploringnature.org/db/view/Pangolin >