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Indian Pangolin is one of the most trafficked animals in the world.
- Pangolins are the only mammal to be covered in scales.
- To protect themselves, they curl into balls like hedgehogs.
- When frightened, a pangolin will curl up into a tight ball to protect its tender underside, making it a prime target for illegal poachers.
- Their name comes from the Malay word ‘pengguling’ meaning ‘something that rolls up’.
- They are the most smuggled mammal in the world because people want their meat and scales.
- A pangolin’s tongue can be longer than its body when fully extended and can be 40 cm long.
About Indian Pangolin
- Indian Pangolins have thick scaly skin.
- Indian Pangolins Hunted for meat and used in traditional Chinese medicine.
- Pangolins are among the most trafficked wildlife species in the world.
- Indian pangolin is the largest among eight pangolin species.
- Out of the eight species of pangolin, the Indian and the Chinese pangolins are found in India.
- Both these species are listed under Schedule I Part I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
- The nocturnal animal lives in burrows and feeds on ants and termites.
IUCN Red List
- Indian Pangolin: Endangered
- Chinese Pangolin: Critically Endangered
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