Impressed tortoise

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Impressed tortoise
Manouria impressa specimen.jpg
A specimen of Manouria impressa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Manouria
Species: M. impressa
Binomial name
Manouria impressa
  • Geoemyda impressa Günther, 1882
  • Geoemyda latinuchalis Vaillant, 1894
  • Testudo pseudemys Boulenger, 1903
  • Testudo latinuchalis Siebenrock, 1909
  • Testudo impressa Smith, 1922
  • Geochelone impressa Pritchard, 1967
  • Manouria impressa Bour, 1980
  • Manowria impressa Zhou & Zhou, 1991

The impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa), occurs in mountainous forest areas in Southeast Asia in Burma, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. The species has 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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