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The Indian pangolin is listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red Data List whereas the Chinese pangolin is listed as ‘Critically Endangered.’ angolins, also known as ‘scaly anteaters,’ are the only mammals to be completely covered in scales.
Their distinct features include long powerful claws that they can dig holes with; a long sticky tongue, that can sometimes be longer than their entire body and of course, the overlapping scales that cover their body. Eight species of pangolins have been identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and India is home to two of these species: the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) and the Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla). Both species are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.