Impressed Tortoise – Manouria impressa

The Impressed Tortoise, Manouria impressa (Testudinidae), can be identified by its relatively flattened carapace, which has a strongly serrated rim and concave scutes, from which the common and scientific names derive.

The natural history of this tortoise is poorly known, but there is some consensus that it is an upland species occurring in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam (the specimen in the photo was found in Cambodia).

The species is regarded as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and is listed on CITES Appendix II.

References: [1] – [2] – [3]

Photo credit: ©Koulang Chey | Locality: Pursat, Cambodia (2007)

I gotta say, he doesn’t look too impressed right there heh heh … *insert bad joke drumroll here* what a gorgeous shell, seriously. #DontLetThemDieOut