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Published on Feb 22, 2012
Enampechy/Anungu The Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), "Thick-tailed Pangolin" or "Scaly Ant-eater" is a pangolin that is found in the plains and hills of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and some parts of Pakistan. It is not common anywhere in its range. Like other pangolins, it has large, overlapping scales on the body which act like an armour. It can also curl itself into a ball as self defense against predators su...ch as the tiger. Its colour of its scales varies and depends on the colour of the earth in its surroundings. It is an insectivore that feeds on ants and termites, digging them out of mounds and tree-logs using its long claws, which are as long as its forelimbs. It is nocturnal and rests in deep burrows during the day.
It is hunted for its meat, which is considered tasty, and for making medicinal oil.
In Kerala, it is known as "Eenampechi". In Sinhala it is called "Kaballewa" and in Tamil "Azhungu" or "Alangu" Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Pholidota Family: Manidae Genus: Manis Species: M. crassicaudata Binomial name Manis crassicaudat