Pangolin – the scaly anteater

This nocturnal solitary mammal spends it’s time eating ants and termites. Sometimes called a “scaly anteater” because of the tough, overlapping scales that cover it’s body. It’s sticky and very long tongue and great sense of smell allow it to find it’s prey, sometimes burrowing underground.

When threatened, these unique animals can actually roll themselves into a tight ball. There are eight species that inhabit Asia and Africa. The African and Malayan variety are known to sleep in trees, while the Chinese variety actually sleep in underground burrows.

Here is a black and white pencil sketch of the African Tree Pangolin.

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