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Manis tricuspis


Pangolins are found in Africa. There are some species of pangolin in Asia as well.


Pangolins are found in rainforests, scrubland, and savannahs.

Body Traits

Pangolins are covered with large scales that, when they roll up into a ball, protects them from predators. They have long curved claws for breaking apart termite nests and a long sticky tongue that is 1.5 feet long, for catching ants and termites. Their long, wide tail can grip like a hand (prehensile). They have a small, pointed head with no teeth. Pangolins can grow to over 4 feet long, including their tails.


They live alone except when coming together to mate or females with young. They are shy and active at night (nocturnal). They sleep days in their burrow. They are good climbers and swimmers.


They eat termites.


Predators are leopards, hyenas, pythons and man.

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Females are pregnant for about 4.5 months (gestation) and have a single baby at any time of year.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

Their lifespan is not known, but they have lived more than 10 years in captivity. They are listed as Lower Risk - least concern.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pholidota
Family: Manidae
Genus: Manis
Species: Manis tricuspis

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