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Burmese Mountain Tortoise

Burmese Mountain Tortoise

Animal's Behavior

A curious species with a formidable bite, these tortoises can be shy as youngsters. Elaborate courtship behaviors include much head-bobbing and vocalization.

Eating Habits

Grasses, vegetables, fruit, insects, worms


Tropical, humid, evergreen forests

Conservation Efforts

Often bred for the pet trade. Threatened by over-harvesting for food and pet trade, as well as habitat destruction.

Animal Facts

  • Considered the largest Asian tortoise, this tortoise looks like it has six legs because of large, pointy scales on its rear thighs.
  • They are among the most ancient animals in the world, dating back to prehistoric times.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Manouria emys


Animalia, Chordata, Reptilia, Testudines, Testudinae

Place of Birth

Southeast Asia’s mountainous regions


Up to 100 lbs.




Unknown, perhaps more than 100 years

Conservation Status


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