Pangolin Silver Plated Earrings
Kakakuona is the Swahili word for the pangolin, a mesmerising creature that is found in Africa and Asia. The Pangolin Silver Plated Earrings represent the unique, perceptive and grounded nature of this amazing animal. This powerful symbolism feels profound to wear when you adorn yourself with these earrings. Prepare to receive endless complements!
Pangolin Dietary Traits and Impact on the Biosphere
The Pangolin’s main food source is ants and termites. Its sticky saliva, combined with very long tongue, helps the pangolin eat large volumes of insects at a time. Indeed, they can eat up to 200 grams or 200,000 insects in a day. Their huge appetite for insects makes them a natural predator to keep insect populations under control.
Pangolins use their long curved claws to excavate the hard walls of ant and termite nests. When they dig up insect colonies, they churn the soil and spread the nutrients within. Consequently, this makes it easier for saplings to take root. This is important for natural biodiversity regeneration. Also, when they move on to new territory, their abandoned nests get reused by other animals.
Pangolins don’t have teeth, so they swallow stones in order to aid in digestion. These stones stay in their stomach, where they grind food in place of teeth. After a while, the stones become too smooth to grind food, and the pangolin excretes them. The pangolin must then swallow more stones to replace the ones passed out of its body.
The salient impact of Pangolins in their natural habitat cannot be overstated. Therefore we must do all that we can to conserve this species. Wear these earrings with the Pangolin Silver Plated Bangle to turn more eyes your way. In doing so, you too can help to inspire more awareness about these animals.
The Agile Pangolin
“Fearfull yet to be feared,” the armored ant-eater met by the driver-ant does not turn back, but engulfs what he can, the flattened sword-edged leafpoints on the tail and artichoke set leg and body plates
quivering violently when it retaliates
and swarms on him. Compact like the furled fringed frill on the hat-brim of Gargallo’s hollow iron head of a matador, he will drop and will then walk away unhurt, although if unintruded on, he cautiously works down the tree, helped by his tail.” The Pangolin, poem by Marianne Moore
Learn more about the pangolin and its symbolism here.