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Pangolin

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Original price $4.00 - Original price $4.00
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$4.00
$4.00 - $4.00
Current price $4.00
SKU 100268

History:

Pangolins share many features with other mammals. Their long snouts contain long tongues for snatching insects, as well as sharp claws for digging, just like an anteater. Their armor makes them appear similar to armadillos, and they can spray a stinky chemical when threatened, like a skunk. They were originally classified in the order Xenarthra, due to their similarity to sloths, anteaters and armadillos, but recent genetic studies have linked them closer to the order Carnivora, which includes cats, dogs, hyenas, bears, and seals.

Each of the eight species of Pangolin are listed as threatened in some way by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Some are listed as “Vulnerable” while others are considered “Critically Endangered”. The largest and most well-known species, the Giant Pangolin (Smutsia gigantean) is found in Africa and faces serious threats to its population due to habitat loss. They are also hunted for their scales, which some falsely believe to have medicinal properties.

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