Burmese Brown Mountain tortoise for sale
The Burmese brown mountain tortoise (Manouria emys) is one of two existing species within the Manouria genus, the other being the impressed tortoise, M. impressa. Also, the mountain tortoise can go by a few other names: Asian brown tortoise, Asian forest tortoise, Burmese mountain tortoise, Burmese black tortoise, Burmese brown tortoise. There are 2 subspecies both the Brown mountain tortoise for sale and the Burmese Black mountain tortoise for sale.
Burmese mountain tortoise natural habitat
In the wild, the Burmese mountain tortoise is found in Myanmar. Also, they are found in Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra. Burmese Browns or Asian forest tortoise for sale are a subspecies are the fourth largest tortoises in the world. Hatchlings are no larger than a baseball in diameter and are much less dome-shaped than typical hatchling tortoises. Adults Mountain tortoises in wild populations average about 70 pounds. Lastly, captive bred mountain tortoises can reach 100 pounds in total mass with a total length of over 24 inches!
Burmese Brown mountain tortoise or Burmese Black Mountain tortoise
As a rule of thumb, the southernmost subspecies within their geographic range is the brown mountain tortoise. It is the smaller of the two subspecies. Browns are just a tad smaller as well, and generally lighter in color. For this reason, they are commonly referred to as the “Burmese brown”. Larger and darker Burmese black mountain tortoises, M. e. phayrei occupies the northernmost portion of the geographic range.
Physical traits separate the Brown from Black mountain tortoise for sale
Generally speaking, there are actually two ways to tell the two subspecies apart. First, when examining adults, is look at the plastron coloration. M. e. emys (the Brown mountain tortoise) has a plastron with yellow coloration compared to the darker coloration of the Burmese black tortoise. Secondly, also happens to be the most accurate way to tell them apart is the scute patterns. While the Burmese Brown Mountain tortoise has separated pectoral scutes, while those of Burmese Black mountain tortoise join together at the medial section of the plastron. These interesting scute pattern can be used to identify the subspecies of mountain tortoise at basically any age.
Burmese Mountain tortoise care
Generally, Burmese mountain tortoises are easy to take care of as long as their required environmental conditions are met. Hatchling mountain tortoises and juveniles can be kept indoors. Quite honestly, this is often preferred so keepers have more control over the environment. A baby Burmese Mountain tortoise for sale can be kept in 20- to 40-gallon aquariums indoors. Keep in mind that as they grow they will eventually need to be moved to a large pen, indoors or outdoors. Typically one fully grown mountain tortoise will need an area of 4×8′ once fully mature.