Indian Pangolin

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Indian Pangolin

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Description

Scientific Name: Manis crassicaudata

The Indian pangolin, thick-tailed pangolin, or scaly anteater is a pangolin found in the plains and hills of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. It is not common anywhere in its range. It has large, overlapping scales on its body that act as armour. It can also curl itself into a ball in self-defense against predators such as the tiger, lion, and leopard. It is an insectivore that feeds on ants and termites, digging them out of mounds and logs using its long claws, which are as long as its forelimbs. It is nocturnal and rests in deep burrows during the day. The Indian pangolin is endangered by hunting for its meat and various body parts used in traditional medicine.

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