CHINESE PANGOLIN/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: The Chinese Pangolin is a smaller, north–eastern species that has a wider range in South–East and Far Eastern Asia. Like the Indian Pangolin, it has a tubular snout, muscular tail, massive forefeet and claws, and a body covered dorsally with overlapping scales. The tongue can protrude 8–10 cm beyond its lips. A shorter tail that narrows towards its naked tip, 15–18 rows of scales with a depression in the skin near the anus,  and a very pronounced ear pinna are the major external anatomical differences between this and the peninsular Indian species.

BEHAVIOUR: The young are born with soft, not fully overlapping scales, and the mother may curl herself around the offspring or sweep it under her belly using the tail, to protect it. The baby and mother lie on their sides, facing each other for suckling, so that the scales do not get in the way. The mother carries her young hanging from her muscular tail for the first few days after birth.

DISTRIBUTION: North–east India, Sikkim eastwards to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya up to 1,500 m.

HABITAT: Found in grasslands, deciduous forests, bamboo groves and agricultural tracts.

IUCN Status: Endangered

 Size: HBL: 54–79 cm


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