Thick Tailed Pangolin

  • Thick Tailed Pangolin
Photo Credits Mendis Wickramasinghe

The thick-tailed pangolin, also known as the Indian Pangolin is the bearer of some of the most effective armor of the mammalian world. Its entire body is covered in scales that are moveable and are shed periodically. When threatened the species is able to roll up into a firm ball that protects the unprotected underside of its body, its snout and the inside of its limbs. Unfortunately, the scales that function as their defense against predators, are the main reason these incredible species are so endangered.

Scientific Classification

Manis crassicaudata
  • Scientific Name :
  • Manis crassicaudata
Animals
  • Kingdom :
  • Animals
Mammalia
  • Class :
  • Mammalia
Pholidota
  • Order :
  • Pholidota
Manidae
  • Family :
  • Manidae
Manis
  • Genus :
  • Manis
Crassicaudata
  • Species :
  • Crassicaudata

Quick Facts

Head and body: 48-82 cm; Tail: 41-60 cm
  • Size:
  • Head and body: 48-82 cm; Tail: 41-60 cm
Insectivore
  • Diet:
  • Insectivore
India,Nepal,Pakistan,Sri Lanka
  • Locations:
  • India,Nepal,Pakistan,Sri Lanka
Decreasing
  • Population Trend:
  • Decreasing
Endangered
  • Conservation Status:
  • Endangered