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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 and protect wild tortoises. 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 the very first tortoise, but captive bred Star tortoises generally do quite well when provided with the correct environmental conditions and appropriate diet. Captive bred babies are easy to find.

Burmese Star tortoises (Geochelone platynota) seem to be more adaptable and robust, but they are rarer and rather expensive. When I started this website in 2008, there was only a handful of known Burmese Star tortoise breeders, but as the years have gone by, many more tortoise hobbyists are now keeping and breeding them. Super! They are fantastic pet tortoises.

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