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Revision as of 04:24, September 8, 2013

Ground Pangolin
Ground-pangolin-walking
Information
Common Name Temminck's Pangolin and Cape Pangolin
Range Southern and Eastern Africa.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Pholidota
Family Manidae
Genus Manis
Species M. temminckii
Conservation Status
ENSpecies
Endangered

The Ground pangolin, (Manis temminckii), also known as temminck's pangolin or the cape pangolin, is one of four species of pangolin which can be found in Africa and the only one in southern and eastern Africa. Although it is present over quite a large area, it is rare throughout it and notoriously difficult to spot. Its scarcity is partly because it is hunted by humans for its scales, which are used in love charms, and partly because it is often burnt in bush fires. It is designated as an endangered species by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

With the exception of the underside, it is covered in extremely hard scales. When threatened, it usually will roll up into a ball to protect the vulnerable belly. The scales on the tail can also be used as blades to slash at attackers.

The Ground pangolin can grow to a length of about 1 metre, with the tail typically between 30 and 50 cm. It has a disproportionately small head, powerful hindlegs, and small forelegs. Walking is done almost entirely on the back legs with the heavy dragging tail acting as a counterweight.

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