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The impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa) occurs in mountainous forest areas in Southeast Asia, mainly in Myanmar Burma, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Northeast India. The species has a golden brown shell and skin. Adults are much smaller than their relatives the Asian forest tortoise (Manouria emys), with a maximum carapace length of 35 cm (14 in).
The impressed tortoise lives at high elevations, up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft). Its behavior is little known due to the small known population; diet in the wild may consist largely of mushrooms, although bamboo shoots are also eaten. The species is known for being difficult to keep alive in captivity because not much is known about it; although its status in the wild is uncertain, it is eaten widely by local people and little captive breeding has occurred. Humans use impressed tortoises for cell[clarification needed], trading, pets, and food; but some places like Thailand have established a wildlife conservation law to protect them.
This species of tortoises are known to be native to the Malay Peninsula in Malaysia, Karenni hills in Myanmar, Langbian Plateau and Tonkin both in Vietnam, and Thailand. They have also been found in Laos and Cambodia. It is possible that they occur in substantial numbers in China.
The Manouria impressa belongs to the family Testudinidae (tortoise), and the genus Manouria that include only two species. The other species that belong to this genus is the Asian forest tortoise (Manouria emys).
The Manouria impressa tortoises have pale yellowish brown shells. The scutes (scales) of their shell are indented or impressed instead of having the usual dome shape found in most tortoises – thus their name.
The frontal scutes of these species are elongated to offer protection while the rear end of their shells is serrated. The limbs and tail of this species are golden dark brown in color while their heads have a yellowish tinge to it.