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The mating season of the impressed tortoise reportedly coincides with the rainy season, with courtship activity observed from mid-March to September. The male courtship ritual involves bobbing the head up and down of in front of a female, whilst simultaneously opening and closing the mouth. The eggs are laid in a shallow cavity and then covered with leaves to conceal them from predators. One report exists of a clutch of 17 eggs being laid in May (2). In captivity, the female guards the eggs for between three and twenty days after laying them, continuously adding more material to the nest (5). The available evidence suggests that the impressed tortoise is most active at twilight and during showers (2). Although previous reports exist of this species feeding on grasses, bamboo sprouts, and fruits (4), a more recent study in 1996 claimed that the diet is almost entirely composed of mushrooms (2).

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