There is no exact record of the lifespan of a pangolin, although it is said that they can live for over 20 years in the wild, and do not live long in captivity. This is due to their eating habits as they may not accept unfamiliar foods and have huge appetites. If they do not receive a good amount of food, they often die earlier than their average life expectancy.
I am known to be antisocial and mostly keep to myself, this is because I have many predators. If I need to defend myself, I can do so by swinging my strong tail hard and fast, my scales’ edges are sharp enough to wound my predators and protect myself. Similar to a skunk, I have a bad-smelling fluid which I spray when I am scared or nervous, this is another way I can defend myself. Aside from competing for females, males generally do not fight or cause conflict. Only one male may mate with a female. Once we have mated, we do not remain with the female. It is common for us to go back to our discreet lives as we are awfully timid and avoid people, animals, and even other pangolins at all costs.
One of the causes of the declining population of Pangolins is habitat loss due to human development. Humans have been expanding for centuries, at times not considering their impact on the animal kingdom. This may not be intended, however animals such as Pangolins are still affected, and their population is rapidly decreasing as time goes by. Provided that we work together in considering their conservation, we may also benefit from them greatly. Pangolins eat so many insects that they help preserve crops which are oftentimes ravaged by termites and other pests. It is imperative that they are protected where it is possible, and that we find solutions to live together in harmony.
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