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Ground pangolin (Manis temminckii)

12 July 2016

 

 
 

Physical description

Unmistakable as it is covered with armour of heavy, yellow-brown scales. It has a small head with a pointed muzzle and the sides of the faces are not covered with scales. Eyes are small and set on the sides of the head with eyelids with a few fringing hairs. Curly hairs scattered on the skin and under parts which have no scales. Tail is broad and the skin under the scales is black to dark grey. The limbs covered with small scales. The extremely long, three-part tongue of 250 to 400 mm extends into the abdominal cavity and folds into a pouch in the throat. Male weighs around 13.3 kg, but the males are larger and heavier than the females.

Ground pangolin size versus a human            Ground pangolin print

 

 
 

www.leopard.tvArea and habitat

Four species of pangolin in Africa, of which only the ground pangolin Manis temminckii occurs in sandy savanna habitats in southern Africa but it is absent from wetlands, forests and true deserts... (Become a subscriber for more)


Read the full article written by Prof J du P Bothma.

 

 

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