Zoological name :
Physical appearance :
Indian Pangolin are 45- 75 cm
long. They have small triangular shaped head. Their tongue is 23- 25.5 cm
long and its tail is 33 45 cm long. They do not have teeth. They have
bad listening power and have bad eyesight. Each limb has powerful five
claws. They are covered with the horny scales which protect their body.
Males are heavier than the females.
Presence in India :
They are found in almost all the
parts of India. They are also spotted in the National Parks such as
Indian Pangolin prefers tropical rain
forests, lower slopes of mountains, sub tropical thorn forests and plains to
Indian Pangolin is insectivore. It feeds on
insects and termites.
The gestation period rests for 65 -70
days. Females give birth to single offspring. Young ones weigh between 200
-500 gm. New born is carried on mother tail for several weeks. They are
weaned at three months of age.
Conservation status :
Indian Pangolin is listed on the
IUCN Red list (1996) as Lower Risk/Near Threatened.
Indian Pangolin live for than 13 years of