Burmese Brown Tortoise
(subspecies of Asian Brown tortoise)
Manouria emys phayrei

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Range and habitat:
This subspecies of the Asian brown tortoise lives in tropical forests in low mountains found in Thailand, Miramar, and Northeast India.

Natural diet:
The Burmese brown tortoise eats leaves, fruits and other plant material. They are also known to eat carrion (dead and decaying flesh).

Size / weight range:
These tortoises grow to be up to 30 inches long and weigh up to 80 pounds.

Interesting facts:
The Asian brown tortoises build mound nests. This is the only species of tortoise that builds a mound nest similar to an alligator’s (all others tortoises lay their eggs in the ground). The female may lay over 50 eggs (The Toledo Zoo’s largest recorded clutch is 43). The female guards her nest for a few weeks after laying the eggs, and she will aggressively butt intruders that come near her eggs. After a few weeks, she will leave her nest, where the hatchlings are left to fend for themselves.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
The Reptile House (external exhibit in warmer months)

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