Smutsia gigantea

Other names: Giant ground pangolin

Giant pangolin (Smutsia gigantea)
Giant pangolin (Smutsia gigantea)

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Giant pangolin (Smutsia gigantea)

Giantpangolin-Distribution

 

 

IUCN Status: Vulnerable (A4d)

Distribution: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania.

Distinguishing characteristics: The giant pangolin is the largest living pangolin species, weighing up to 35 kg. Like the ground pangolin it is easily distinguished from the much smaller tree-dwelling African pangolins by a regular scale pattern, fossorial lifestyle, and the lack of pads at the end of the tail, which are used for climbing in the arboreal species. Although its geographic range overlaps slightly with the savannah and desert dwelling ground pangolin, the giant pangolin prefers moist habitats and being close to water sources.

Reproduction: The giant pangolin gives birth to a single young.

Facts: The giant pangolin is the largest extant species of pangolin. It is thought the giant pangolin is now extinct in Rwanda.

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