Ground pangolin

Often referred to as “scaly anteaters” due to their diet and appearance

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Ground pangolin

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Often referred to as “scaly anteaters” due to their diet and appearance

Population
Future population reduction of 30 – 40% over a 45 year period

These remarkable creatures are famous for their armor-clad appearance, which resembles walking pinecones. Their entire bodies are covered in overlapping, keratinous scales that serve as a formidable defense mechanism against potential predators. This unique armor is one of their most striking features and is incredibly effective in keeping them safe from harm.

Specialization is another key aspect that makes ground pangolins exceptional. They have a highly specialized diet, primarily consisting of ants and termites. To procure their meals, ground pangolins employ a truly extraordinary tool – their remarkably long, sticky tongues. With these tongues, they can quickly and efficiently slurp up their insect prey, showcasing impressive precision in their feeding habits.

Ground pangolins are primarily nocturnal creatures, which means they are most active during the night. Under the cover of darkness, they emerge from their burrows in search of food. Their keen sense of smell aids them in locating insects hidden beneath the ground. This nocturnal lifestyle helps them avoid daytime predators while maximizing their chances of a successful hunt.

One of the most fascinating aspects of ground pangolins is their ability to curl into a ball when threatened. This defensive mechanism transforms them into an impenetrable fortress, and even formidable predators like lions and hyenas find it challenging to breach their protective armor. It’s a remarkable adaptation that showcases the pangolin’s survival instincts.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2019
Botswana
2019
Burundi
2019
Central Af. Rep.
2019
Chad
2019
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2019
Possibly Extant
Eswatini
2019
Possibly Extinct
Ethiopia
2019
Kenya
2019
Malawi
2019
Mozambique
2019
Namibia
2019
Rwanda
2019
South Africa
2019
South Sudan
2019
Sudan
2019
Tanzania
2019
Uganda
2019
Zambia
2019
Zimbabwe
2019

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No