Other names: Black-bellied pangolin
IUCN Status: Vulnerable (A4d)
Distribution: Cameroon, Congo, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Distinguishing characteristics: The long-tailed pangolin’s tail can be twice the length of its body, hence the species’ name. Certain physical characteristics separate the arboreal long-tailed pangolin and tree pangolin from Africa’s ground pangolins, including smaller size, very small first forelimb claws, larger eyes, irregular arrangement of scales, the presence of tails pads used for climbing, a long prehensile tail, and the presence of hair on the lower sections of forelimbs as opposed to scales. Both of the tree-dwelling species have long tails, however the tree pangolin’s is notably shorter
Reproduction: Breeding in the long-tailed pangolin is understood to be almost continuous, with young born after a gestation period of approximately 140 days.
Facts: With 46-47 vertebrae the long-tailed pangolin holds the record for the highest number of vertebrae among mammals.
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