THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Meet the Natives: Scaly anteaters in Phuket's forest

Pangolins are easily recognised in the wild because they are the only mammal in the world that is covered with scales from head to tail.


By The Phuket News

Sunday 8 November 2015, 09:00AM


Pangolin Photo by Makuahine Pa'i Ki'i

Pangolin Photo by Makuahine Pa'i Ki'i

Their scales are made of keratin, the same material found in our hair and fingernails and it is very hard even for a big animal like a lion or tiger to bite. The overlapping scales of the pangolins vary in colour from light shade to yellowish brown through to olive to dark brown.

The pangolin’s name comes from the Malay word “peng-guling” which roughly means “something that rolls” which refers to the ability to roll up into a ball when they are faced with danger. In Thailand however, pangolins are known as Thua Nim meaning “something soft” which refers to its skin under the hard scales.

These days, they are hard to come by, you wouldn’t find pangolins in Phuket Zoo for example because they are listed as endangered species, and due to their diet it is difficult to keep them alive in captivity. It is known that the pangolins can live for up to 20 years in captivity, but how long they can live in the wild is still a mystery.

New Paths Retreat

To spot a pangolin, one would need to be out at night or dig a hole in the daytime to find it. The pangolins have been spotted in the rubber plantations throughout Southern Thailand including here in Phuket.

In Thailand, the pangolins are notoriously hunted and smuggled across borders to feed a soaring demand for meats and scales in places like China and Vietnam. Some Thai men strongly believe eating pangolin meat improves their sexual performance.

For more information, and to make a difference, visit savepangolins.org

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Tell that to the 46 victims of the pheonix or the countless drowings each year not to mention traff...(Read More)


GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Mr.Pauly,only a less educated person or a fool would expect the same safety levels in a developing c...(Read More)


Illegal booze ads ‘rampant’ in markets, says DDC

On Phuket there are large 'help yourself' BBQ restaurants. Get your plates raw food and stea...(Read More)


GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Such a huge selection of restaurants with food from all over the world here.Even vegetarians won'...(Read More)


Mai Khao beach declared ‘not safe’ after Chinese tourist in coma post-rescue

"What utter nonsense" unlike you, who knows "everything, there are people who do not ...(Read More)


GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Yes Pasquale you're right, how dare tourists and expats alike expect similar safety levels withi...(Read More)


Illegal booze ads ‘rampant’ in markets, says DDC

"Vendors of alcoholic beverages should be aware that they are being exploited by the alcoholic ...(Read More)


Govt to splash B151mn to prevent Phuket road flooding

It would be fairly easy to stop the problem in front of SuperCheap and it would a lot less than B48....(Read More)


GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Mr.Apirath,it is a little bit strange to expect when visiting Thailand to get the same food with the...(Read More)


GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

If they could have say proper south Indian vegetarian foods in Phuket our Indian guests would apprec...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018