Impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa)

The impressed tortoise, occurs in mountainous forest areas in Southeast Asia in Burma, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. The species has a golden brown shell and skin. Its behavior is little known; diet in the wild may consist largely of mushrooms, although bamboo shoots are also eaten. The species is known for being difficult to keep alive in captivity; although its status in the wild is uncertain, it is eaten widely by local people and little captive breeding has occurred. It is considered vulnerable by the IUCN.

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Asian common toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)

The Asian common toad is probably a complex of more than one toad species that is widely distributed in South and Southeast Asia. The species grows to about 20 cm long. The species breeds during the monsoons and their tadpoles are black. Young toads may be seen in large numbers after the monsoons.  Adults are terrestrial and may be found under ground cover such as rocks, leaf-litter, logs, and are also associated with human habitations. They have been noted to feed on a wide range of invertebrates including scorpions.

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