Elongated Tortoises are a beautiful species with smooth shells that tend to have a caramel to yellowish-brown color with markings. They are native to damp forest areas and tend to be more active in the early morning, before dawn, or after sunset in the evening. Because of this behavior, their noticeably large eyes are well accustomed to dimmer light levels. To reduce stress, be sure to provide your Elongated Tortoise with plenty of areas for shade. Unlike many other species, the Elongated Tortoise tends to only bask in the cool hours of the morning. So, bright lighting isn’t as necessary and can even be harmful. They are omnivorous but require a more herbivorous diet to stay healthy. If you have any questions, our turtle experts at MyTurtleStore.com are available to answer any questions you have regarding your Elongated Tortoise or any of our other products.