The Sunda Pangolin has overlapping scales covering its body and tail. It is toothless, feeds on ants and termites with its long sticky tongue. It has strong fore feet and claws which helps it to dig out insects. It can climb well and has a muscular prehensile tail. It normally produces one young a year. The young is carried on the back of its mother just above the base of the tail. When threatened, it curls up into a ball.

Pangolins are hunted for food as well as for use in traditional medicine. There is a high demand for nearly all of their body parts, principally from China. The illegal trade in Asian pangolins is drastically reducing their numbers throughout Southeast Asia.


Inhabits forest, scrubland and plantations. Largely nocturnal and diet consists of larvae and adults of termites and ants. In Singapore, it is found in Central Nature Reserves, and in rural and scrub areas in Bukit Batok, Western Catchment Area and islands of Ubin and Tekong. Read more here.


HB to 64.5cm. Tail to 56.5cm


Common and widespread.


Myanmar and Indochina, through the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and Java, including Bali and Lombok.


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