Latin Name: Manouria emys emys

Locailty: Burma, Thailand, The Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo

The broad low shell is a rich brown to black colour; the nuchal scute (pattern in the shell) is well developed. The faces of the forelimbs are covered with thick, heavy pointed overlapping scales. There is a patch of tubercular scales on each thigh so large that this species is often called the six-footed tortoise. They move very slowly, even when threatened. The species if most active during twilight, or during the day if the temperature is not too high. If it is warm, Burmese Tortoises can be found soaking in pools and in small streams.

Fact: The average lifespan in the wild is reputed to be 150 years.

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