The Impressed tortoise is found across Asia and live in evergreen and bamboo forests at places like hills & mountains. Their shell is usually slightly flattened with a strongly serrated edge. They have a scute, or scale, on the top of their back that is indented or impressed-looking.

Physical Description


These tortoises have a flattened carapace, which is based on the typical shape of their scutes. The name comes from the indentations on their carapace rather than being completely domed-shaped like other tortoises. They are pale yellowish in color.

This tortoise is mostly a yellow color with dark brown parts. The pink coloring in the snout is less common.


It has a shell size of about 12 inches long and is shaped like a blade.

Native Habitat

Impressed tortoises are found in many different regions across Asia. It is likely they may be present in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia as well as China.

The impressed tortoise can be found in most African countries, typically on lowlands & altitudes. It spends most of its time under leaves and is mainly associated with forests located on hills or mountains.


Food/Eating Habits

Recent studies suggest that these tortoises feed almost exclusively on mushrooms, although they may also eat other vegetation.

The National Zoo, they have different diet options. They eat mixed greens, pellets, and mushrooms.

Reproduction and Development

There is some evidence that the mating season runs from mid-March to September, the same as the rainy season. A flirtatious man lifts his head up and down as he opens and closes his mouth. If the woman is receptive, she lifts her body. The male stretches his neck and talks during mating.

In one study, 17 eggs were laid in shallow, leaf-covered cavities. In human care, females have been known to protect their eggs and constantly add extra nesting material. Newborn pups are said to have a 2-inch (50 mm) long carapace.

Sleep Habits


Available information suggests that tortoises become more active when the sun starts to set, when the sky turns a shade dim, or when it starts to rain.

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