Pangolin Scale Samples


Refer to the images below for scale sizes and characteristics. Note that some of your scales may be from baby or juvenile pangolins. Scales may look different after drying and processing than on the animal. Body scales are larger than head scales. The images below are body scales. You can use ASIAN SPECIES RANGE MAPS or AFRICAN SPECIES RANGE MAPS to help identify your scales, if you know the region or county of origin. You can also view PANGOLIN BODY TYPES or START OVER.


Are the scales dark colored, slightly more than 2 centimeters in length and width, giving them a "stout" appearance? Did the scales originate in Africa? If so, you may have some scales of the Black Bellied Tree Pangolin.

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Are the scales approximately 2 centimeters wide with a distinct pointed tip? Did the scales originate in Africa? If so, you may have some scales of the White Bellied Tree Pangolin.

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Are the scales greater than 4 centimeters wide, comparatively long with a rounded tip? Did the scales originate in Africa? If so, you may have some scales of the Ground Pangolin.

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Are the scales greater than 6 centimeters wide and approximately the size of the palm of your hand, with a rounded tip? Did the scales originate in Africa? If so, you may have some scales of the Giant Ground Pangolin.

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Are the scales relatively light colored, approximately 2 centimeters wide and a bit longer with a rounded tip (some scales are long and some are short)? Did the scales originate in Asia (specifically, the Philippines)? If so, you may have some scales of the Philippine Pangolin.

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