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Burmese Star Tortoise

Endangered Tortoise

Kandace Fung

on 2 October 2015

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Transcript of Burmese Star Tortoise

Burmese Star Tortoise
About :
Scientific Name - Geochelone platynota
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum Chordata - Chordates
Class - Reptilia
Order - Testudines
Genus - Geochelone
Species - platynota
Evolved From - Reptiles
Related to:
Geochelone elegans (Indian Star Tortoise)
Geochelone radiata (Radiated Tortoise)
Geochelone Sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise)
Habitat :
Central Myanmar
Located in :
Medium Sized Tortoise
Female - up to 12+ inches
Male - up to 9.5 inches
Physical Characteristics :
Dry zones of Mynamar:
scrub lands
forest edges
bamboo thickets
undercut banks
rook crevices
In the winter - 40 to 50 degrees F
In the summer - about over 100 degrees F
east of India
south of China

Pale Green - predicted natural distribution of tortoises
Gray dots - market specimens and possible areas inhabited once before
Red dots - records of past inhabited areas
Red/Black dots - wild-life sanctuaries that contain some of the remaining tortoises
Key to Map:
Behavior :
Survival Status :
Ways to Help Extinction of the Geochelone Platynota :
Something Special :
dark brown/black dome shell
"star" pattern on carapace
up to 5-8 yellow lines marking pattern
plastron of shell is yellow with black "notches" because of scutes
Females - flat plastron
Males - conclave plastron
head, limbs,tails
white to tan
maybe light orange
front of forelimbs
skin on the head
large horny scale at tail end
Female - short, small tail
Male - big tail
likes to:
hides under - bushes, plants, boxes
when sensing danger
hides head and legs into shell
reproduce during rainy season
usually peaceful
males get violent during breeding season
herbivore - but will eat an insect or two
critically endangered - on IUCN Red List
already considered extinct in wild
causes of endangerment-
black market pet trades
very popular as pets
Asian medicine
eaten as food
reintroduce them into the wild
experimenting to breed tortoises
to try to maintain a steady population
I used to own three turtles
names - Amethyst, Topaz, and Sapphire
Burmese Star Tortoise reminded me of my old pets
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