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"I live in El Salvador and we adopted one of these tortoises 15 years ago when he was about 10 inches long, and since then has grown around 2 inches more. As is mentioned for the ones from Nicaragua, its shell is not colorful. Locally, they tend to hibernate through the food-scarce dry season (around November-April) then spring into activity with the first rains of the rainy season (May-October). During hibernation they will often "disappear" to the bewilderment of their owners, hidden away in nooks and crannies. They love to eat any insect they manage to catch, as well as a wide variety of plants. A sad ethnographic note: it is widely believed here that tortoise's blood is an aphrodisiac. Our tortoise was rescued from a group of hunters who were about to use him in that way."

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