The elongated tortoise is under extreme pressure across most of its range, largely due to it being widely harvested and sold on the Asian food markets (2). It is the most common tortoise to be shipped to the Chinese food markets from Vietnam (2); approximately 100,000 were shipped from Ho Chi Minh City in 1993 (5).
Disregard for international conservation laws is apparent, with the trade in tortoises brisk, highly developed, and probably ignored by many border guards, customs officials, and airline personnel (5).
Like many other tortoise species, the elongated tortoise is also sold as part of the pet trade, with nearly 700 sold to the USA alone from 1989 to 1997. It is also threatened by the habitat destruction that accompanies human commercial and residential expansion (6).