Fast Facts: Pangolins (Part 4)

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope!

I’m Carl Kerby. We’re checking out the unique features of the pangolin … not the armadillo. So, why is it that these two look-alikes get confused?  They’re actually not that similar.

For instance, armadillo’s have teeth and bony armor, and are found in America; pangolins have keratin scales, no teeth, and only run on their hind legs.

Because of their incredibly sharp front claws getting in the way, the only way they can move is to use their strong back legs. Their incredibly long tail helps balance them as they waddle quickly along. And when I say quickly, I mean they walk at speeds of up to 3 miles an hour!  Hey, that might not sound like much, but that’s faster than me!

The tail’s not only long, but it’s actually very useful for protection. It also allows them to hang from trees while foraging for food.

Pangolins are an absolutely fascinating creature! We’ll see you next time with more Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope.  Until then… stay bold!

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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