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BambooTortoise 08-22-2020 11:19 AM

Mountain Tortoises
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Mountain Tortoises are simply amazing and we believe they're the best type of large tortoise for many people based on:
  1. Big Personalities
  2. At 24in long; fun but not too big to pick up
  3. Comfortable outside year round in Southern US (Climate Data)
  4. Health hardy; Eat everything
  5. Won't dig like Sulcata
  6. Nest above ground like alligators; finding eggs is easy
  7. Species worthy of your time and resources to conserve
2022 Mountain Tortoises looking for new homes!

Hatched and raised outside in Texas:

Northern Black Mountain Tortoises (Manouria emys phayrei)

If interested, send a quick email!


All tortoises under 4 inches in length are for education, research, exhibition or zoological purposes only; not sold as pets.

Learn about Mountain Tortoises at:

Duramaxdually 08-22-2020 02:32 PM

You guys have the best website on emys care!

BambooTortoise 08-23-2020 10:38 AM

MountainTortoise.com has been a fun project this year. All technical credit goes to my teenage son and tortoise content came from lots of sources including a couple dozen private and institution friends who directly work with them and were kind enough to share their experiences and hundreds of pictures contained in the slideshows.

We're looking forward to adding even more content as time goes on.

Appreciate the compliment and glad you found it useful.

Thank you,

John Bailey

gummybearpoop 08-27-2020 04:17 PM

Awesome website and information! Great work! I find them interesting but I donít have the time to dedicate to them in our hot, dry climate in Arizona.

How come there isnít any information on impressa? The missing piece of the Manouria trifecta

BambooTortoise 08-28-2020 09:47 AM

Completely agree, I'd love to add Manouria Impressa to mountaintortoise.com; takes time to gather good content and need to make sure it's accurate.

They're an order of magnitude harder to work with than the other Mountain tortoises and pretty rare in the US. I know the TSA, some zoos, and a few friends work with them but haven't aggressively pursued web content yet.

If anyone with Manouria Impressa experience sees this post and would like to provide input/pictures for adding impressa to mountaintortoise.com, please drop me a note at mountaintortoises@gmail.com
Thank you,

gummybearpoop 08-28-2020 11:30 AM

Manouria are fascinating and it is really important that more people work with them. Impressa seem even more unique and delicate. I love that you are honest in saying it takes time to gather good content and making sure it is accurate. Thank you for your hard work John and keep it up!

Mighty J 09-23-2020 09:37 AM

Much prefer Southerns (emys emys). IMHO, much cooler looking with that flatter and more reverted and serrated carapace.

BambooTortoise 09-23-2020 03:01 PM

Mountain Tortoise Variation
I currently have a lot of Southerns (emys emys) that are defiantly nice.

Southerns emys emys are a bit smaller and sometimes keep lighter colors into adulthood. To touch on the color variation a bit; The three phayrei I'm holding in the first pics above show color variation in animals currently available. I need to take similar pics of the Southerns to show their color variation.

If you watch the TSA Bangladesh slideshow in the Conservation section of our website you'll see some nice color variation for that region.

There is also a nice TSA presentation given last month about Mountain Tortoise conservation in Bangladesh. Starts at 15min in on this video here.

Tropidolaemus 09-24-2020 10:29 PM

I am interested in acquiring some Northerns if you have them available. I am in the San Antonio area and could pick them up if they are available. Please let me know.

BambooTortoise 09-24-2020 10:38 PM

I have a nice selection of surplus Northern Mountain Tortoises.

Just shoot me an email directly at mountaintortoises@gmail.com
Happy to give you a call if you provide a number.

Thank you,

Addler 09-26-2020 02:18 PM

I know that Phoenix stays quite a bit drier and quite a bit hotter during summer than Houston, do you know if any of the Manouria genus could actually do fine year-round in this heat? Even with strong misting systems and shade, it's difficult some days to keep any particular spot outside under 100 degrees. I haven't found anyone locally that has kept them year round (or even tried), so I'm curious what an expert would think.

BambooTortoise 09-27-2020 12:37 AM

Hi Jeffrey - Nice to meet you.

Phoenix is great for many varieties of tortoises but extended high temps over 100 are really tough on Mountain Tortoises. I have friends that have worked with Mountain Tortoises and even successfully breed and hatched them in the Phoenix area; it required irrigation, shallow wading pools, deep shade, and indoor/outdoor setups. Unless you can provide a really good setup to cool things down, I don't recommend Mountain Tortoises for your location.

All the best,

4thedefense 09-23-2021 11:18 PM


Originally Posted by Mighty J (Post 2225612)
Much prefer Southerns (emys emys). IMHO, much cooler looking with that flatter and more reverted and serrated carapace.

Themís fightin words!

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HoosierTorts 07-28-2022 06:15 PM


Originally Posted by 4thedefense (Post 2274791)
Themís fightin words!

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I also prefer emys emys. Haha both are great though.

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Methos75 07-31-2022 03:11 PM

Wonderful torts, my little, well not so little now, guy is doing extremely well John. Cannot recommend more highly.

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