Today I want to write about a very cute little animal, the tree pangolin.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Also known as three-cusped pangolins, these guys grow to about 90 cm long, which includes their long tails.
- Tree pangolins have very long tongues that are about 25 cm long and covered in a sticky substance to catch ants and termites. These tongues are actually attached to the pelvic bone and go up through the chest and mouth. They have no teeth and crush their food in the tummy with stones and sand that they swallow. They also have powerful claws that they use to break open termite and ant nests. They are nocturnal hunters and hide in tree hollows during the day.
- Pangolins are best known for their scales that are used to protect them from predators such as leopards, hyenas and pythons. When threatened, they roll up into a tight ball to protect their soft bellies. These scales are made out of keratin which is what our fingernails are made of.
- When baby tree pangolins are born it takes a couple of days for their scales to become hard. They hang on to their mother’s tail or back until they are able to walk around by themselves.
- These guys are found in forests throughout western and central Africa. They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to over hunting.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about tree pangolins?