Indian Pangolin

The Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), is a pangolin that is found in many parts of India. Like other pangolins, it has large, overlapping scales on the body which act like armor. It can also curl itself into a ball as self defense against predators such as the Tiger. It is an insectivore and feeds on ants and termites, digging them out of their mounds using its long claws that are as long as its forelimbs. It lives mainly in burrows and is known to climb trees. It is also considered to be a curious animal and has been killed for so-called medicinal value.