Forest Pangolin Flora & Fauna

Domestication: rarely

Location: Jhardhandi, Southern Araz (Kwazulite, Rusticanotae)

Stature

Adults have a total length ranging from 36-45 cm, with its tail comprising approximately half of that length. The forest pangolin can weigh anywhere from 200 to 400 g. They have dense and soft fur, which ranges from silver or grey to yellow-brown in colour. Many subspecies have darker streaks with paler underparts or limbs.

They have two long claws and four toes that give them the capability to completely wrap their feet around a tree branch. Their tails are partially prehensile.

Diet

The forest pangolin is an insectivore and feeds mainly on ants and other small insects, such as termites or beetles.

Society

Unlike their desert counterparts, the forest pangolin are arboreal, preferring to move about amongst the forest canopy to get around. They are solitary animals and gives birth to a single young, up to twice a year.

Forest pangolins are nocturnal creatures, and their black eyes help them see through the dense forests in the dark.

Procreation

Mating season is during the oforand, and females typically give birth to a single young in a nest located high in the trees. Both parents will care for the baby and after about four months the it will begin to go out on its own. By one year, offspring will be fully grown and independent.

Variations

There are two types of Forest Pangolin, distinguished geographically as well as by their outer appearance. Jhardhandian varieties have shorter, fluffier fur that is typically yellowish in color.

Forest pangolins living on Araz -- mostly found in Kwazulite and the southernmost areas of Araz -- have much longer, silver fur that sometimes has algae growing on it.



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