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African Pangolin
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African Pangolin

Nope, it's not an anteater, a reptile, or a moving artichoke. No doubt, the pangolin is one odd-looking mammal. With the longest tongue and stickiest saliva for an animal its size, the pangolin feasts exclusively on ants and termites.

Find out more about this bizarre creature: its unique keratin scales, long claws, and defenses against angry bugs, big cats, and pythons.

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Ancient Digging Mammal Is A ‘Scaly Anteater Relative’

Ancient Digging Mammal Is A ‘Scaly Anteater Relative’

The ancient Ernanodon antelios, has long puzzled paleontologists. Was it more closely related to modern anteaters, sloths, and armadillos, or to the pangolin, aka the scaly anteater? Read on. More...

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Scientific American
World’s Weirdest: Pangolin

World’s Weirdest: Pangolin

Ants and termites, beware! While not ferocious or fast, the toothless pangolin gobbles thousands of ants in a day, thanks to its huge claws (for digging into nests) and long sticky tongue. Take a peek. More...

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National Geographic
Clever Claws

Clever Claws

With a super sense of smell and tough claws that can dig through concrete-hard soil, this pangolin seeks out tasty ants and termites in the dead of night. See for yourself. More...

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BBC
Enigmatic Pangolins

Enigmatic Pangolins

Are you ready to test your knowledge of the enigmatic pangolin? Then this quiz is right up your alley. More...

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123facts.com
Pangolin: An iPhone Game

Pangolin: An iPhone Game

Have an Apple mobile device? Then check out Pangolin, a free game app that's similar to Angry Birds. It's adorable, award-winning, and addictive. Don't say we didn't warn you. More...

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Pangolins in Peril

Pangolins in Peril

Pangolin trading is illegal but that doesn't stop some restaurant and business owners. In China and Vietnam, pangolin meat is considered a delicacy and the scales are used in traditional medicine. More...

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Scientific American
Roly Poly Pangolins

Roly Poly Pangolins

Watch Baba the pangolin in action at the San Diego Zoo, hanging by his prehensile tail and snacking on a bug smoothie. Get a close-up look at Baba's unique keratin scales that feel just like fingernails. More...

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San Diego Zoo
Tree Pangolin

Tree Pangolin

Catching a glimpse of the secretive tree pangolin isn't easy. Find out how this nocturnal creature attracts mates, raises young, and defends itself in the rainforests of Central Africa. More...

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San Diego Zoo

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