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Pangolin Metal Clay Ring by Gordon Uyehara The pangolin has the unfortunate distinction of being the most trafficked animal in the world. Often referred to as scaly anteaters, these unusual mammals are hunted for their meat and tough scales that cover their bodies. Practitioners of folk medicine claim they are the cure for many human ailments. Pangolin scales are made of keratin, the same fibrous protein found in hair, horns, and nails. When threatened, a pangolin rolls itself into a ball so…

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Strange Animals Found in Africa

Pangolin - Pangolins are anteaters with no teeth, long sticky tongues and large scales that transform into a coat of armor for a rolled-up way of protection.

A Victorian Specimen of a Southern African Temmincks Pangolin (1800 to 1900 South America) - The Pangolins curious covering of bony overlapping scales acts as both body armour and as camouflage. The overlapping scales are moveable and hard edged and are probably developed from modified hairs like the horn of a Rhinoceros. Pangolins lack teeth, but have an extremely long protrusible tongue in an elongated head, which is used to catch its insect prey. Its food is ground down in a muscular…

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Java scale horn armor, collector not known. Purchased by the University of Oxford from Robert Henry Ramsden in 1878 and transferred from the Ashmolean Museum in 1886.This is a close-up of a panel of Javanese scale armour made out of pieces of horn. It forms part of sleeveless body armour of back- and breastplate, each comprised of 16 rows of 10cm horn segments. These are shaped, polished and overlapped to represent the scales of the pangolin (scaly anteater). Pitt River Museum.

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2,500 pangolins are poached in Swaziland annually. Poachers are given free rein, with a slap on the wrist as the only punishment when they are caught. Tell Swaziland's king that the poaching needs to be stopped.

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Southern Three-banded Armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) is from South America, & with Brazilian 3-banded armadillo, they are only armadillos capable of rolling into a complete ball to defend themselves. The 3 bands that cover its back allow it flexibility to fit its tail & head together, protecting underbelly, limbs, eyes, nose & ears from predators. Shell covering armored is made of keratin, same as human fingernails. Typically yellow or brownish color, it is 9 to 13 inches when fully grown.

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