Pangolins – World Pangolin day

Pangolins are one of the most interesting and rare mammal species in the world.  Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened.

 Ten Amazing facts about the pangolin:

1.  There are 8 species of pangolin, 4 in Africa & 4 in Asia.

2.  A pangolins tongue is longer than the pangolin

3.  A pangolin can consume 70 million ants per year

4.  Pangolin has no teeth

5.  Pangolins close their eyes and nostrils to keep insects out

6.  They mark their territory with urine, feces and stinky secretions from a special gland.

7.  Baby pangolins are carried on the mother’s back and tail

8.  20% of the pangolins weight is comprised of scales

9.  Pangolins scales are comprised of keratin – same as human hair & nails.

10.  Tens of thousands of wild pangolins are killed every year for trade in scales and flesh.

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