Manouria emys phayrei
Asian Giant Tortoise

    • Habitat:
      Mountainous evergreen forests
    • Threats:
      - Habitat destruction
      - Collection for local consumption and foreign pet and meat trades
    • Conservation Efforts:
      - Captive breeding and assurance colonies
      - Reintroduction efforts
      - Field Surveys
      - Protected in India, Myanmar, and Thailand
      - CITES Appendix II
    • Wild Population:
    • Endangered Status:
      Critically Endangered

Fast Facts

This ancient tortoise lineage shares an interesting behavior with many crocodilians. It rakes together a large pile of leaf litter and decomposing plant material on the forest floor. There, the female tortoises lay their eggs. The nest mound protects the eggs and maintains appropriate temperatures for incubation.

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