Pangolin (Manis temminckii)
Low, long mammal covered with large brown-grey overlapping scales across its body. Small head with heavy hind quarters and tail, with small forelegs.
Solitary and mainly nocturnal, occasionally diurnal. When threatened it will either run away, or curl into a tight ball protecting the head and underparts with its tail. Pangolin walk on their hind feet, holding their front legs, with sharp digging claws, up against their body whilst using their tail for balance. They spend most of their time on the ground but are capable of climbing and moving in water.
Pangolin are solitary
||Unknown, suspected to be once a year.
||Spring, summer months
|Number of offspring
||Single offspring born in winter months.
Range from low to high rainfall areas, including open grassland, woodland and rocky hills, but absent from open desert and forests.
Eats certain species of ants and termites.
Not many animals are able to attack pangolins, so they are mostly left alone. Humans are a prime reason for population declines due to poaching for superstitious and ‘medicinal’ purposes.
Pangolin at Naankuse sites