Ground Pangolin
Ground Pangolin
Range Africa
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Pholidota
Family Manidae
Genus Manis
Species Manis Temminckii
Conservation Status
Least Concern

Ground Pangolin is a medium sized mammal that primarily lives in the savannas and woodland of East Africa.


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 backlegs with the heavy dragging tail acting as a counterweight.[1]


It diet consists ants, termites and other insects.


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