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Indian & Burmese Star Tortoises

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Burmese star tortoise, Geochelone platynota

Burmese Star tortoise (Geochelone platynota)

This page is only a brief and basic caresheet for Star tortoises. Follow the provided links to my other pages for in depth info on each topic.

1.) FEEDING

Foods

Supplements

Water

2.) INDOOR HOUSING

Enclosures

Lighting

Heating

Substrates

Temperature

Humidity

Microclimates

star tortoise geochelone elegans

Indian Star tortoise, Sri Lankan type

3.) OUTDOOR HOUSING

General

Enclosures

4.) MISCELLANEOUS

Difficult to keep?

Indian Star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) have a reputation of being difficult to keep in captivity. This especially applies to wild caught (illegal) specimens. They may have already been sick when collected, or may have became sick during transportation due to cold conditions and exposure to other tortoises and reptiles.

In addition, most wild tortoises carry heavy loads of parasites, both worms and protozoa. Parasite loads can soar during the stress of transport and change in living environment. If left untreated, this could lead to death.

Support tortoise conservation. Always buy captive bred Stars!

Pathogens

Stars are susceptible to pathogens carried by other tortoise species. Always keep them separately from other types of tortoises.

Indian Stars can be somewhat fragile. It's said that they can "crash fast" and "crash hard." In other words, seemingly well Indian Star tortoises can suddenly fall ill and then pass away. Although, this can be true of any tortoise. Tortoises can be sick for a long time before obvious signs of disease are present. Then it may be too late.

As a pet?

Indian Stars (Geochelone elegans) may not the best choice as a first tortoise, but captive bred Star tortoises generally do quite well when provided with the correct environmental conditions and appropriate diet.

Burmese Star tortoises (Geochelone platynota) seem to be more robust. They tend to do quite well in captivity, but they are rather expensive. Since I started this website, more tortoise hobbyists are keeping and breeding them so it has become a lot easier to find babies to purchase.

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