Because of their scales, many pangolins meet their death sounds sad. Because pangolins are protected animals. However, humans who are insatiable and fast chasing them will push the pangolins to the brink of extinction.Pangolin is one of the unique and distinctive animals. One of its species, Manis javanica, lives in Indonesia and has a characteristic body that is protected by keratin scales.
Pangolins are a group of mammals from the Manidae family. Initially all pangolins were grouped into one genus, namely Manis. However, along with development, pangolins are now grouped into four genera, namely Manis (4 species), Smutsia (2 species), Phataginus, and Uromanis (1 species each).
• Can reach 3.2 feet long and weigh nearly 40 pounds.
Pangolin sexes are easy to distinguish, one of which is their weight, male pangolins are usually heavier than female pangolins
• Its body is covered with hard scales
The scales are brown in color made of keratin (human nails and hair are made of the same material). Scales cover every part of their body except for their forehead, stomach and the insides of their legs.
• Has five toes on each foot.
The first and last digits on the forelegs are subtracted. The middle three digits are well developed. They have very sharp claws, which serve as the perfect tool for digging. Their front legs are shorter than the hind legs.
• Has an adjustable tail
The tail provides balance when holding the animal while hanging from tree branches when climbing.
• Insectivores (animals that only eat insects).
It has a very long, stick-shaped, sticky tongue that can be over 16 inches long. Just like anteaters, pangolins also insert their long tongues into termite nests to take their food.
• Able to eat more than 50 million insects every night
He ate usually 90 meals at night, where each meal lasted one minute. There are only 19 species of termites and ants that pangolins like to eat.
• Has no teeth
Lacking teeth, they ingest sand and small stones along with insects to facilitate food grinding and digestion.
• Have poor eyesight
Even so, he but they have a very good sense of smell. They don’t have external ears, but they do hear well.
• Between 12 and 20 years of age in captivity
The age of the pangolin in captivity is very dependent on the species. However, the average life is between 12 and 20 years only That’s a little fact about nocturnal animals (active at night), who live alone, which usually sleep in underground burrows. He will mark his territory using scent glands to mark their territory in the form of urine and feces