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Elongated Tortoises should be provided with a box to hide in. If they are kept outdoors, they must be secured at night to protect them from predators. Although these tortoises do not bask much, they should be provided with a basking area with temperatures between 95 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Elongated Tortoises are prone to dehydration and should be provided with a shallow water dish large enough to soak in. The enclosure should also be misted every couple of days.

Elongated Tortoises feed on snails, slugs, and worms as well as plant material. In captivity they should be fed dark leafy green vegetables, small amounts of meaty foods such as insects, commercial Box Turtle and tortoise food, and occasionally fruit.

Elongated Tortoises usually breed in the summer after a rainy period. The male tortoise follows the female, forcefully jabbing her shell with his whenever she stops moving. When the female is receptive, they mate. The male vocalizes very loudly while mating. Between November and January, the female will lay several clutches of between one and nine eggs, depending on the size of the tortoise. The female digs nests of about four inches deep in which to lay their eggs. Female Tortoises are usually sexually mature at around seven years of age. The eggs usually hatch after between 98 and 134 days at between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

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