Black-bellied pangolin

BLACK-BELLIED PANGOLIN

(Phataginus tetradactyla)
Other/common names:
Long-tailed pangolin

 

QUICK FACTS:
SIZE
Weight: 4-6.6 lbs.
Length: 11.8-15.7 inches
Tail length: 23.6-27.6 inches

 

BIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR
Lifespan:  13 years in captivity
Gestation:  140 days
Diet:  Ants, termites, other insects
Social: Solitary

 

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Their scales are made from keratin, the same protein that makes up our hair and nails.
  • They roll up into a ball when threatened to protect their undersides.
  • Pangolins have no teeth, they grind food in a muscular gizzard.
  • They are great climbers and use their claws and tail to grip and scale trees.
  • Black-bellied pangolins have a total of 75 vertebrae, 47 making up the tail.
DISTRIBUTION
Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Congo, Cameroon, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Vulnerable
POPULATION:   Decreasing
CURRENT NUMBERS:  Unknown
THREATS
Poaching:  Poaching and illegal wildlife trade is the biggest threat to pangolins. They are heavily poached for their scales, body parts and bush meat.
Habitat loss: Pangolin habitats are decreasing due to increases in human populations and alteration of existing habitats.
Additional Resources:
IUCN Red List

 

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