Impressed Tortoise

Impressed Tortoise

Taxobox | name = Impressed Tortoise
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regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Reptilia
ordo = Testudines
familia = Testudinidae
genus = "Manouria"
species = "M. impressa"
binomial = "Manouria impressa"
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"Manouria impressa", the Impressed Tortoise, 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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