Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo Elongata)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Vulnerable

Key Descriptions

The Elongated Tortoise, also known as the Yellow Tortoise due to its coloration is a medium sized tortoise originating from various parts of South East Asia as well as India. While its coloration & pattern vary throughout individual specimens, they are commonly found to be sporting a pale yellowish tan with males easily distinguished during the breeding season with a unique pink coloration around its nose.

Habitat

The Elongated Tortoise occur naturally in tropical forests throughout Asia where they spend most of their time foraging for food including slugs as well as plant matter due to its omnivorous nature. They can be found in a variety of habitats from dry to humid which in turn influences their basking behaviour. These include the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia as well as parts of northeast India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand & Malaysia.

Social Life

Elongated tortoises are active mostly at dawn & dusk and have thus adapted to thriving in low light environments with its large eyes. Like most tortoises which range throughout the tropical rainforests, they are highly motivated during the rainy season which coincides with their breeding cycle. Breeding behaviour have been observed to be highly aggressive among male Elongated Tortoises, who engage in aggressive courtship behaviour by shoving females & biting voraciously around the head, neck & front legs.

Fun Facts

Diet

Fruits, Vegetables, Insects

Key Information

Origin:South East Asia
Size:Up to 40cm
Weight:Up to 3.5kg
Lifespan:Up to 20years

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