Today, Romi introduces us to the Sunda pangolin, one of four species of pangolin found in Asia:
Take the pangolin quiz!
1. True or False: Pangolin scales are made out of the same substance as human hair and fingernails.
True! Pangolin scales are made from keratin – this is the same protein that makes up your hair and fingernails, and also rhinoceros horns.
2. Why do pangolins roll up into a ball when threatened?
Sunda pangolins have many predators, including tigers, leopards, wild dogs, and pythons. When a pangolin rolls into a ball, its soft belly is hidden and its tough scales act as protective armor.
3. Why is a pangolin’s tongue sticky?
The Sunda pangolin has a long, thin tongue coated in sticky saliva that it uses to pick up tasty termites and ants. The stickiness helps trap the insects so the pangolin can slurp them up!