Zoological name: There are seven recognized species of
pangolins. They are the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata),
the Malayan pangolin (M. javanica), the Chinese pangolin
(M. pentadactyla), the giant pangolin (M. gigantea), the whitebellied
tree pangolin (M. tricuspis), the long-tailed pangolin .
(M. tetradactyla) and the cape pangolin (M. temmincki). The
former three species are called the Asian pangolins and the latter four species are
known as the African pangolins. In India, both Indian and Chinese pangolins are
Distribution: They are found in many parts .of Asia and Africa.
Habitat: Their habitats range from the dense tropical rain forest to arid sparsely wooded savannah.
Physical feature: The body weight varies from 4 to 27 kg. The colouration ranges from light yellowish-brown through olive to dark brown. The most striking anatomical feature of this animal is its homy body scales. These prominent fish like scales are composed of cornified epidermis that overlaps in an imbricate manner as we see tiles on a roof. The other body features are short and conical head, short and powerful limbs with five clawed, longer forefeet, absence of teeth and elongated tongue. Hairs are present at the base of the body scales in Asian pangolins while they are absent in their African counter parts.