Chinese Pangolin the animal that becomes a ball
Where to find:
Chinese Pangolin is present in North India, Indochina, and South China.
It is commonly found in all the kinds of forests and savannas. His habitat depends prevalently from his diet. Chinese pa
Chinese Pangolin length is between 65 to 95 cm including the tail. His weight is in adult specimens between 2 to 7 kg. Female are smaller than males.
Pangolin is a very nice animal, his distinctive characteristic is the possibility to roll in himself and become a ball. He is a nocturnal animal. He likes to search his prayers during the night. His favorite preys are ants and termites but many other insects are part of his diet.
Pangolin eats ants and termites. So, consequently, he loves to live where there are the ants.
He is the only mammal in the Pholidota order. He has very long claws and that he used to dig searching his preys. In this species of pangolin, the tail is prehensile. So, sometimes he can stay hunged on trees.
His body is covered by many scales except the downside of the body and the internal side of legs. A particular characteristic his the smell that he used to mark his territory. It is similar to the skunks, he releases it from anal scent glands.
Most importantly, in the lands where he lives, he is considered a delicious food. Especially in Vietnam and Taiwan. Despite they are under protection, in that lands there is a strange contradiction, Pangolins are protected from governs but the poachers are protected from nature.
Certainly, it is very difficult to fight against poachers in the Vietnam jungle. Even the American Army was not able to win in the Vietnam jungle.
In conclusion, another reason for his risk of extinction is the progressive destruction of the environment. So his habitat is reducing and with it even the possibility of surviving of Chinese pangolin.
They are considered important in traditional medicine. Most noteworthy is the composition of his scales, KERATIN!! Like the rhino horn. And remember please, keratin is the material our nails, so don’t kill pangolin but eat your nails!
Scientific Name: Manis pentadactyla
English name: Chinese Pangolin
Link to Red List page: The Red List Page of Chinese Pangolin