The Mammal with Scales

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The pangolin gets its unique look from the pine cone-like scales that cover its body, which are made of the same material as human fingernails. Although this scaly mammal doesn't walk very fast, it can curl up into a ball and and use its hard exterior to protect itself from predators. Like anteaters, the pangolin has a quick, overly salivated tongue that can quickly dart out and collect its prey, which are mostly ants and termites.

Watch the video to find out more about these armored creatures.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.