Elongated Tortoise
Scientific name: Indotestudo elongata
IUCN: Endangered (EN)

     The elongated tortoise is a species of tortoise found in Southeast Asia and parts of South Asia. Typically, Indotestudo elongata are around 30 cm (12 inches) long and 3.5 kg (7 pounds) as an adult. The elongated tortoise gets its common name from its distinctively long, somewhat narrow carapace. This shell is a caramel to dark yellowish-brown colour, with black blotches on each scute. The head is pale yellow, except during the breeding season when both sexes develop a pink hue around the eyes and nostrils. Females tend to be wider than males and more rounded. Males also have a tail that is much larger than that of the female. The males have a concave plastron while the plastron of a female is flat. Additionally, the female's posterior claws are markedly longer and more curved than those of the male. It is believed that this is to facilitate nest building


 
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