Pangolins Facts for Kids – 5 Playful Facts about Pangolins

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

What do you do when you feel scared? Pangolins roll up! Let’s learn five playful pangolins facts for kids.

Pangolins Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Scaly Creatures

Pangolins are scaly creatures that only eat insects and just like armadillos can roll right up into a little ball when they are scared!

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Rolled up pangolin

Pangolins Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: “Pengguling”

They suit their names! Pangolin comes from the Malay word ‘pengguling’ which means ‘something that rolls up’, Very imaginative!

Pangolins Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Strong Tail Muscles

If rolling up into a ball doesn’t work – which it usually does! – Pangolins will start thrashing about with their strong tail muscles because they have very sharp edges on their scales that work really well to deter predators!

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Brown pangolin

Pangolins Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Homes

You can find them living high and low! Some pangolins find homes in the branches of trees, and some do the complete opposite by making their homes underground in burrows!

Pangolins Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Tongue

Their tongues are really long! When the pangolin’s tongue is fully extended it can be about 15 inches longer than its body! Which is perfect for getting into little holes to eat insects, they can also close their ears and nostrils so that none of the insects they are trying to eat get in anywhere else!

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A photo of a pangolin while it is fully extending its tongue

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about pangolins as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic these animals are, you can move on to learn about other animals like: Rabbits, Bears, Hamsters and Skunks.

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