Unlike many other animals, with pangolins it is the female that will find the male when it comes to mating. She does so by following the scent trail laid by a sexually mature male. If there is competition from several males over one female, they will start fighting for her using their very sharp tail. Gestation period is 120 to 150 days and the female will give birth to 1 to 3 young. When the offspring are born, their scales are white and soft at first, which makes them very vulnerable to predators. At this time, the mother is very protective over her young, until after about one week the scales harden.