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The Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) is a pangolin that is found in many parts of India and some parts of Sri Lanka.

Like other pangolins, it has large, overlapping scales on the body which act like armour. It can also curl itself into a ball as self defence against predators such as the Tiger.

It is an insectivore and feeds on ants and termites, digging them out of their mounds using its long claws that are as long as its forelimbs.

It lives mainly in burrows and is known to climb trees. It is also considered to be a curious animal and has been killed for so-called medicinal value.

They walk mainly on their hind legs, although they keep their body horizontal to the ground, dragging their tail behind them.

Pangolins do not have any teeth. Instead, they use their claws to break open ant or termite nests and capture the occupants with their long sticky tongue.

 
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Pangolins are covered in horny scales which overlap and protect the body. Only predators with powerful jaws like large cats and hyenas can break through the Pangolins' armour.
Single young are born in a burrow and, after several weeks, are carried on their mother's tail.

Pangolins, also sometimes called scaly anteaters, are strange looking creatures covered with protective horny, overlapping scales
 
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