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By Simon Jimenez
Special to Village News 

Feb. 15 is World Pangolin Day


Last updated 2/17/2021 at 10:30am

Pangolin mother and pup

Village News/Courtesy photo

Pangolin mothers carry their pups on the base of their tails.

A pangolin is the only scaled mammal alive and the most trafficked mammal on earth. It looks like a very large pinecone mouse. Feb. 15 was World Pangolin Day.

A nickname for the pangolin is "the scaly anteater," and that's basically what it is. Its diet consists entirely of ants and termites. The pangolin can eat 20,000 ants a day and nearly 70,000,000 a year. A pangolin's tongue is longer than its body, and they use it to stick their tongues down ant or termite mounds or hollow logs where ants live to slurp them up. Pangolin mothers carry their pups on the base of their tail.

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