The Order Pholidota
The mammals of this order are the Old World counterparts of the New World edentates.
Family Manidae
Pangolins: 7 species
This family, found in the Old World tropics, consists of animals with long tapering bodies, covered above with overlapping scales but with no scales on the snout, sides of the face or undrsides. the tongue has muscular roots which pass down through the chest and attach to the pelvis; the five strong front claws are used to tear open termites' nests and for burrowing. Ground-dwelling species roll themselves into a ball for defence.

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