The Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), also known as the thick-tailed pangolin or scaly anteater can be found in South Asia, including Pakistan, India (sub-Himalayan), Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Like other pangolins, it has large overlapping scales on its body that act as armour, the colouring of which varies between shades of brown and yellow depending on the colour of the earth in its surroundings. They are up to 1.2m in length, and only leave their burrows to hunt ants and other small ground insects in the dark. Thick-tailed pangolins are dedicated parents, pairing once a year to produce a single offspring which will spend most of its youth riding about on its mother’s large tail. Unfortunately, this low birth rate makes it difficult for thick-tailed pangolins to maintain a steady population, as they are constantly killed by subsistence hunters for their meat. There is also a strong market for the scales of these pangolins, which, despite a lack of evidence and their endangered status, are believed to contain healing properties.
This painting uses pencil, watercolour and fineliner to capture the sandy tones and scaly details of the beautiful Indian pangolin.
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