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".
- * Pangolin * - Pangolins are often called 'scaly anteaters' and are covered in tough, overlapping scales ( Asian species have coarse hair extruding between the scales ). These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites. Sadly, they are one of the most endangered mammal species on Earth -
Pangolin. With small conical heads & jaws lacking teeth, have amazingly long, muscular, & sticky tongues that are perfect for reaching & lapping up ants & termites in deep cavities. They have poor vision, so they locate termite & ant nests with their strong sense of smell. Their tongue is attached near its pelvis & last pair of ribs, & when fully extended is longer than the animal’s head and body. At rest their tongue retracts into a sheath in its chest cavity. ... Endangered. Mammal.
Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. Eight different pangolin species can be found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss have made these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world.