Tree Pangolin Skull Replica

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Tree Pangolin Skull Replica measures 3 inches. Tree Pangolin Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Our percise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).

The Tree pangolin or Phataginus tricuspis is one of eight extant species of pangolins (“scaly anteaters”), and is native to equatorial Africa. Also known as the White-bellied pangolin or Three-cusped pangolin, it is the most common of the African forest pangolins.

The Tree pangolin or Phataginus tricuspis is a relatively small pangolin. The combined head and body length is 13–17 ins. The tail is 19–24 ins. Each scale has three points, to which the specific name tricuspis refers. The head is small, and the snout is elongated. The feet are short, and each foot has five long curved claws.

The Tree pangolin ranges from Guinea through Sierra Leone and much of West Africa to Central Africa as far east as extreme southwestern Kenya and northwestern Tanzania. To the south, it extends to northern Angola and northwestern Zambia.

Tree pangolin or Phataginus tricuspis is semiarboreal and generally nocturnal. It is found in lowland tropical moist forests (both primary and secondary), as well as savanna/forest mosaics.

Tree pangolin or Phataginus tricuspis can walk on all fours or on its hind legs using its prehensile tail for balance. It can climb up trees in the absence of branches. When walking on all fours, it walks on its front knuckles with its claws tucked underneath to protect them from wearing down.

Its anal scent glands disperse a foul secretion much like a skunk when threatened. It has a well-developed sense of smell, but as a nocturnal animal, it has poor eyesight. Instead of teeth, it has a gizzard-like stomach full of stones and sand it ingests. The tree pangolin in Africa fills its stomach with air before entering water to aid in buoyancy for well-developed swimming.

The Tree pangolin or Phataginus tricuspis eats insects such as ants and termites from their nests, or the armies of insects moving on the trees. It relies on its thick skin for protection, and digs into burrows with its long, clawed forefeet. It eats between 5 and 7 ounces of insects a day. The pangolin uses its 10 to 27 inch tongue which is coated with gummy mucus to funnel the insects into its mouth.

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Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 3 × 1.6 × 1 in
Tree Pangolin Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pholidota
Family: Manidae
Genus: Phataginus
Species: P. tricuspis
Binomial name: Phataginus tricuspis
Conservation status: Endangered