Impressed tortoise

Impressed tortoise
Impressed tortoise
A specimen of Manouria impressa
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Manouria
Species: M. impressa
Binomial name
Manouria impressa

The impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa), occurs in montane areas of forest in Southeast Asia in Burma, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. The species is among the most beautiful tortoises, with a golden brown shell and skin. Adults are much smaller than their relatives the Asian forest tortoise (Manouria emys), with a maximum size of 35 cm.

The impressed tortoise lives at high elevations, up to 2,000 m. Its behavior is little known; diet in the wild may consist largely of mushrooms, although bamboo shoots are also eaten. The species is known for being difficult to keep alive in captivity; although its status in the wild is uncertain, it is eaten widely by local people and little captive breeding has occurred.

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