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Scaly Anteater

A pangolin (also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling) is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".

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The pangolin, a scaly anteater who sleeps by day and eats insects by night, is more popular than ever in China. But that very demand -- often wanted for illegal reasons, like the purchase of its meat or scales -- has driven the mammal toward extinction.

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The pangolin, also called the scaly anteater, is the world's only mammal with scales. All eight pangolin species are threatened with extinction because their meat is considered a delicacy in countries like China and Vietnam. AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

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Pangolin Rehabilitation Center

Pangolin Rehabilitation Center | Atlas Obscura - The wonderfully weird pangolin is one of nature's oddities: the only known mammal to be covered in hard keratin scales, they live in trees, eat insects with a long sticky tongue, and roll into a spiny ball when threatened. Sadly, their peculiarities and rareness have put them in danger, and they are increasingly under threat in the wild.

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Pangolin aka scaly anteater or Trenggiling. Often compared to a walking pine cone or globe artichoke. It can curl up into a ball when threatened, with its overlapping scales acting as armour. The scales are razor-sharp, providing extra defence. It is also able to spray a noxious gas similar to a skunk.

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A pangolin also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".

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3dRose Vintage Pangolin or Scaly Anteater in a Tree, Single Toggle Switch

Vintage Pangolin or Scaly Anteater in a Tree, Single Toggle Switch