They are the only mammals wholly-covered in scales and they use those scales to protect themselves from predators in the wild.
Pangolin Gestation Period
- Ground pangolin: 139 days
- Indian pangolin: 68 days
- Tree pangolin: 127 days
The lifespan of a pangolin in the wild is unknown as they are shy creatures and are, therefore, quite difficult to study. However, some have been recorded to live as long as 20 years in captivity
Pangolins eat ants, termites and larvae and are often known as "the scaly anteater." Because they have no teeth, pangolins pick up food with their sticky tongues, which can sometimes reach lengths greater than the animal’s body.
Pangolins and Poaching
They certainly are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia and, increasingly, Africa. Pangolins are in high demand in countries like China and Vietnam. Their meat is considered a delicacy and pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine and folk remedies. All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws. But there is still growing international illegal trade in pangolins.
Based on reported seizures between 2011 and 2013, an estimated 116,990-233,980 pangolins were killed, which represents only the tip of the trade. Experts believe that seizures represent as little as 10 percent of the actual volume in pangolins in illegal wildlife trade.
Pangolin and Corona Virus
It has been that people who have eaten the Pangolin meat ahve contracted the Corona Virus and the Pangolin is a natural carrier of the Virus. If so, is it a way for the harmless Pangolin to get revenge on us humans who eat its meat and hunt it and kill it for its tough armor?