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Pat's Interesting facts about the PANGOLIN

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Pat's interesting facts about the rare sighting in the Kruger Park - The PANGOLIN


1. Pangolins are insectivores, feeding mainly on ants and termites.

2. Pangolins are nocturnal and very secretive creatures.

3. Due to the lack of scales on their snout, eyes, ears and underbelly, pangolins curl into a ball for protection when threatened. They can also use the glands on their anus to produce a foul smelling acid in order to deter predators.

4. Pangolins do not have teeth, and they can't chew, but feed by opening anthills/termite mounds with their claws and catch the insects with their sticky tongues, which can be up to 70cm long.

5. Pangolins have very poor eyesight and so they rely on their keen sense of smell to find food.

6. These animals can voluntarily constrict their ears and nostrils to keep insects out while they are feeding.

7. Baby pangolins travel around with their mothers by riding on the base of her tail.

8. Their top running speed is 15km/h.

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