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Burmese Starred Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) - 

Because of its beautiful shell and easy meat, this small tortoise has been poached and hunted nearly to extinction.  (Not to be confused with the Indian Star Tortoise).

It lives in the dry forests and grasslands of Myanmar.  Since they are so few, not many studies have been made on them in the wild.  Little is known except that they do not dig burrows, they do not hibernate and they are diurnal.  They eat grasses and leaves, and sometimes insects and larvae.  

About 90% of the world’s Burmese Star Tortoise population is in captivity.  A group of researches spent 400 hours in Burma with specially trained dogs.  They only found 5.  Wikipedia. 

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Indian star tortoise

(Geochelone elegans)

is a species of tortoise found in dry scrub forests in India and Sri Lanka. They get their name from the complex markings on their shell which look similar to a star. They are similar in behavior to other tortoises, in that they eat similar food and behave in similar fashions to most land tortoises. This species however, is sexually dimorphic as females are alot bigger and possesses ad flatter plastron than males. They are also are very popular in the legal and illegal pet trade

Phylogeny

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Un pequeño festín para mi pequeña tortuga geochelone sulcata Pachito.

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Casita que le he hecho a mi tortuga para pasar el invierno. Queda prepararla algo mejor pero de momento le sirve y no pasa frío.

Shell Pyramiding

Influence of environmental humidity and dietary protein on pyramidal growth of carapaces in African spurred tortoises (Geochelone sulcata)J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). February 2003;87(1-2):66-74. C S Wiesner1; C Iben 1Institute of Nutrition, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria.

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El primer video de mi tortuga.

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Seguimos con mi tortuga, Pachito. Se comió una buena merienda. Cada cierto tiempo iré subiendo nuevos videos con el avance de la tortuga :)

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