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The six-footed tortoise (brown tortoise) is the only chelonian that engages in brood care. The females build a nesting hill out of grass, leaves and sand with their front legs. They then dig a nesting den into that hill which is sealed after the eggs have been laid. The clutch is guarded and defended against enemies with bites and
pushing. No other chelonian shows such parental care. Status according to Red List: not evaluated
|Classification||Order chelonians, family tortoise|
|Diet||Grass, leaves, fruit, in rare cases also invertebrates and small vertebrates|
|Habitat||Evergreen rainforests and highland monsoon forests|
|Reproduction||Mating in March and April; up to 42 eggs: incubation period: 66-71 days; maximum age: over 100 years|