Chinese pangolin



The Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) is a pangolin found in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, possibly Bangladesh, across Myanmarto northern Indochina, through most of Taiwan and southern China, including the islands of Hainan.

The Chinese pangolin can dig up to 8 ft (2.5 m) deep in the ground with its strong and clawed fore feet, in four to five minutes. Once it enters the burrow, it blocks the opening. Some Chinese pangolins occupy burrows of other animals, as well.

The Chinese pangolin appears like a scaly anteater. Its head and body measure around 60 cm (24 in) and its tail measures about 18 cm (7 in). A mature Chinese pangolin weighs from 2 to 7 kilograms. It has 18 rows of overlapping scales accompanied by hair, a rare combination in mammals. It has a small, narrow mouth and a little, pointed head. Its nose is plump, with nostrils at its end. This is a bronze-colored animal, with a round body equipped with extremely sharp claws. The female gives birth to a single offspring at a time.

Chinese pangolins are rather secretive, nocturnal creatures. They move very slowly and are known for their nonaggressive behavior. Their hard scales work as a protective cover from predators, and when they feel endangered, they curl themselves into balls. Chinese pangolins are mainly terrestrial animals, but are observed in forests up to about 20 feet above the ground.


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