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Some of my favourite pangolin facts, they are amazing mammals!


Though many think of them as reptiles, pangolins are actually mammals. They are the only mammals wholly-covered in scales and they use those scales to protect themselves from predators in the wild. If under threat, a pangolin will immediately curl into a tight ball and will use their sharp-scaled tails to defend themselves.

Pangolins eat ants, termites and larvae and are often known as "the scaly anteater." 

They certainly are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia and, increasingly, Africa. Pangolins are in high demand in countries like China and Vietnam. Their meat is considered a delicacy and pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine and folk remedies. All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws. 

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The scales on a pangolin are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair and nails.

Pangolins do not have teeth and instead they use a sticky elongated tongue to retrieve insects. Their tongues can be longer in length than their body!

Pangolins tend to live alone. Because of that there is not a collective noun for a group of pangolins. 

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Pangolins are nocturnal and have poor eyesight, relying on their hearing and sense of smell to locate their prey at night.

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Similar to skunks, pangolins can secrete a foul smelling odour from the glands near their anus, which they use to mark their territory as a deterrent. Stinky!