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Burmese Star Tortoise

The Burmese Star Tortoise is a critically endangered species from Burma that is still exported to the food markets in China and is also consumed by the native people from Burma. They are often mistaken for the Indian star tortoise, however, both have genetic differences and can be identified by comparing their plastrons.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Geochelone
    Species G. platynota
    Subspecies P. c. affinis
    Scientific Name Geochelone platynota

    Length/Size Up to 14 inches
    Body Coloration Yellowish brown body with the carapace having star shaped marks in black and bright yellow
    Range/Distribution Myanmar
    Habitat Arid, deciduous forests of Myanmar
    Diet/Food Omnivorous – plant matters to small insects and invertebrates
    Breeding Season Summer
    Clutch Size Average 4 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered (IUCN 2.3)

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    Published on November 13th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st June 2019.

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