Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata)
The Indian Pangolin is a species of mammal that is found in South Asia, including parts of India. They have a distinctive appearance, with large, overlapping scales covering their body and a long, curved tail.
These animals are primarily insectivorous and feed on a variety of insects, including ants and termites. They use their strong claws to dig into termite mounds and ant hills to access their prey.
Indian Pangolins are solitary animals and are active primarily at night. They are known for their ability to roll up into a tight ball when threatened, using their scales for protection.
Female Indian Pangolins give birth to a single offspring each year, which they nurse and care for until it is able to fend for itself.
Indian Pangolins are considered a species of vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, due to habitat loss and degradation, as well as hunting and poaching for their meat and scales, which are used in traditional medicine and as a delicacy in some cultures.
Overall, the Indian Pangolin is an interesting and important species that plays a significant role in many ecosystems in South Asia, and is also valued for its cultural and ecological significance.