The Sunda Pangolin

13 December 2010
First off, this post has nothing to do with macro photography – but I’m guessing that many of you reading this blog would be interested in this as well. The photos were also not by me as I was in a restricted area and was not authorized to bring a camera. Someone with me had an authorized camera though, so we documented this cute little encounter. 🙂

The Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) is a clumsy looking, and somewhat slow moving scaly anteater. It feeds on ants and termites, which probably explained how we spotted it in the first place! The name “pangolin” comes from the Malay word peng-guling, which means “roller”, which refers to their habit of rolling up into a ball, often when threatened.

Just over a week ago, we were fighting with termite infestation problems and due to lots of red tape, pest exterminators had not appeared yet. We first spotted an odd silhuoette trudging towards some bushes, but could not find it again after it went in. Later, I had a clear sight of it as it was galloping away from our termite infestation area — a Sunda Pangolin! Ok call me suaku, but it was my first time seeing this cute fella, so we got closer to observe the not so little dude.

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) - P1040728#1 Followed it into the bushes, and found it climbing a tree

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) - P1040730#2 Perched and looking for food!

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) - P1040734#3 Curiously peeping out

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) - P1040736#4 No luck there, decided to scamper down the small tree

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) - P1040737#5 Started walking towards me, I look like an ant meh?

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) - P1040738#6 Stood up, looked around, and then turned around. Ok, me don’t look like ant

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) - P1040739#7 Got sick of us and decided to run further out. We decided not to disturb it and let it scamper away happily



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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