Other names: Thick-tailed pangolin
IUCN Status: Endangered (A3d+4d)
Distribution: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Distinguishing characteristics: The Indian pangolin has the most western distribution in Asia with a range extending into two regions of Pakistan. It can be distinguished from other Asian pangolins by the size of its scales, which reach a considerably larger size than scales of the Chinese, Sunda and Philippine pangolins. Like the Chinese pangolin it has a principally fossorial as opposed to arboreal lifestyle and noticeably larger front claws than the Sunda and Philippine pangolins.
Reproduction: The Indian pangolin usually has one offspring, though two have been reported, after a gestation period of 65-70 days, which is much shorter than for other species of pangolin.
Facts: Although normally shy, Indian pangolins are reported to wander into villages and have been known to dig through concrete and into houses.