Pangolin

Pangolin Introduction

Pangolins just might be some of the planet’s oddest creatures. They resemble a reptile because they’re covered with scales. When threatened, they roll into a tight ball like a roly-poly bug. But these funny animals are neither reptiles nor insects. They’re mammals.

Pangolins eat ants, termites, and larvae. They have no teeth, but they suck up insects with their long sticky tongues. Their tongues can be longer than their bodies! These interesting animals live in tree stumps and burrows. They hunt at night and sleep during the day. Pangolins live alone, coming together only to mate. Mother pangolins raise their babies for two years.

 

Keywords to learn

Poacher: Someone who illegally hunts


About Me

Hey Kids, my name is Page the Pangolin and I am very happy to meet you. Learn more about me and my species https://www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

 

Key Data

  • Order:
    Pholidota.
  • Lifespan:
    20 years.
  • Class:
    Mammal.
  • Scientific name:
    Pholidota.
  • Mass:
    8 lbs. to 75 lbs. depending on the species.
  • Length:
    15 in. to 4 feet.
  • Region Found:
    Asia and Africa.
  • Population Status:
    Critically endangered.
  • Current population trend:
    Critically endangered.
  • Diet:
    Ants and termites.
  • Sexual maturity:
    2 years.

 

As you have just learned, pangolins are known for their hard scales. Pangolins are weird and wonderful, strange to look at and also quite cute to look at. Pangolins are not known to be aggressive, however the skin can be dangerous, so be aware.

 

Now that you know more about the pangolin by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.

 

Download questions about the Pengolin here: Pangolin (answers are on this page)

Pangolin Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. Pangolins are valued in Africa and Asia for their scales, which are used for folk medicine, and their meat, which is considered a great delicacy. Although it’s illegal around the globe to sell pangolin, poachers still hunt them illegally. Because of this, pangolins are critically endangered.
  • # 2. Traditional folk healers use pangolin scales to treat deafness, anxiety, and crying babies.
  • # 3. Pangolins look a little like armadillos or anteaters, but they’re more closely related to cats and bears
  • # 4. Their scales are made of keratin, the same substance human fingernails are made of. They have no teeth, but they swallow small stones, which helps them digest food.
  • # 5. Pangolins can emit a stinky smell, similar to a skunk.

Q&A Corner

  • # 1. Are pangolins a type of armadillo?
  • # 2. What do pangolins eat?
  • # 3. Are pangolins endangered?
  • # 4. Why do poachers hunt pangolins?
  •  # 5. What do folk healers use pangolins for?

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  2. Interesting point of view. Wondering what you think of its implication on society as a whole though? People obviously get frustrated when it begins to affect them locally. Ill be around soon to check out your response.

    1. Im not fully sure what you mean on its implication on society. It implication on the environment is massive. Pangolins play a critical role in their ecosystems. They provide the earth with all-natural pest control and are fantastic tenders of soil, and they do these things simply through their everyday behaviors. It is said that a single pangolin consumes as many as 70 million insects per year, mainly ants and termites.
      By society, if you mean the fact that they are trafficked, that is due to certain cultures believing that the skin of the pangolin does in fact, having healing remedies. Hope this helps!

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