What are Pangolins?

Pangolins are critically endangered, as rated in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species by the WWF. Dubbed the “Scaly Anteater,” a Pangolin’s special diet of ants, termites make it extremely difficult to be bred in captivity, as the insects are hard to capture and feed. 

Here are 10 facts about pangolins: 

  • There are about 8 pangolin species in the world, 4 of the species are located in in Africa & the last 4 species are located in Asia.
  • A pangolins tongue is longer than it’s body.
  • A pangolin can consume more than 70 million ants and termites per year.
  • Pangolins have no teeth. and they “chew” with gravel and keratinous spines located inside the stomach.
  • Pangolins can close their ears and nostrils to keep the insect out.
  • Pangolins use their urine and feces to label their area. 
  • Baby pangolins are carried on their mothers back and tail until they are ready to walk by themselves.
  • 20% of the pangolins weight is comprised of scales.
  • Pangolin scales are made out of keratin (just like human fingernails and hair).
  • Ten of thousands of wild pangolins are hunted every year just for their scales and flesh.

Cites

Meet The pangolins. #World Pangolin Day. https://www.pangolins.org/