The name "pangolin" derives from the Malay word "pengguling" (something that rolls up into a ball).
The Pangolin has powerful hind legs, short fore legs and a long heavy tail. It walks on its hind legs and occasionally uses its tail and forelegs for balance.
When threatened, it will usually roll up into a ball to protect its vulnerable belly.
Pangolins are nocturnal animals, using their well-developed sense of smell to find insects, and their 30cm (12 inch) sticky tongue to catch and eat them. Their diet consists of only certain species of termites and formacidic ants.
Should you ever see one of these animals in the wild, you are extremely fortunate. They are endangered and very rarely seen during the day.