Burmese Star Tortoise (Gechelone Platynota)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Vulnerable

Key Descriptions

The Burmese Star Tortoise earns its name from the radiating star shaped pattern which radiates throughout its beautifully adorned carapace as well as the fact that it originates from Burma. It is an extremely rare species which has been listed as critically endangered due to the fact that it has been hunted down for food & commercialisation in Chinese markets. They are primarily vegetarian but are known to indulge in insects & larvae for their protein needs.


The Burmese Star Tortoise resides mainly in the edges of the forests of Burma, Myanmar to Moulmein in the South where it is often times dry. The star shaped patterns which it adorns on its dark carapace serves as excellent camouflage in its habitat where it dwells on the forest floor among leave litter and low lying vegetation in the area.

Social Life

While not much has been studied of the Burmese Star Tortoise, certain observations have been made of its behaviour in the wild. A diurnal species which spends most of its day foraging for food including vegetation, fruit as well as insects in low lying terrain, the Burmese Star Tortoise have been noted to be rather active & personable animals that do not hibernate nor dig burrows. They will however take shade in the shrubs and bushes which surround its low lying environment.

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Fruits & Vegetables

Key Information

Size:Up to 30cm
Weight:Up to 20kg
Lifespan:Up to 5Oyears

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