It lives in forested swamps, moist tropical lowland forests and mosaic habitats of savanna, forest and areas of cultivation. The Giant pangolin is a nocturnal and elusive animal that spends the day hidden beneath plant debris or deep in its burrow. At night it typically goes out to search for food.
The habitat of the ground pangolin species is quite widespread. They generally reside in central and southern areas of Africa, including the countries of Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa . Millions of other species live in the same habitat as the ground pangolin.
The next thing we wondered was: are there any extinct pangolins?
A number of extinct pangolin species are also known . Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales, similar in material to fingernails and toenails, covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this feature. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species.
What are the characteristics of a pangolin?
Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this feature. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites , which they capture using their long tongues.
Can pangolins swim?
All are nocturnal and able to swim a little . Terrestrial forms live in burrows. Pangolins feed mainly on termites but also eat ants and other insects. They locate prey by smell and use their forefeet to rip open nests. Long-tailed pangolin ( Manis tetradactyla ).
What is the lifespan of a tree pangolin?
The lifespan of the Tree pangolin is unknown . One animal in captivity is 13 years old. The Tree pangolin lives in West Africa in Guinea and Sierra Leone, in Kenya and Tanzania, and south to Angola and Zambia, in lowland tropical moist forest and forest-savanna mosaics.