Burmese & Indian / Sri Lankan Star Tortoises
(G. platynota & G. elegans)
"I also think we need to create programs to encourage the general public to get involved in keeping threatened species. The general public spends several hundred millions dollars annually to keep common turtles like red-eared sliders as pets. Just think if all that money could be applied to keeping rarer, less disposable species."
Philippe de Vosjoli, Reptile Times, Dec 2012
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Burmese Star tortoise (Geochelone platynota)
StarTortoises.net is a treasure trove for Indian / Sri Lankan and Burmese Star tortoise information. Plus, info on South African Angulate tortoises and a little bit about popular pet tortoises (Greeks, Hermann's, Leopards, Russians etc.), too.
The Indian Star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is a beautiful tortoise native to India, small part of Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Thus, the Indian Star tortoise has three geographical variations: northern Indian Stars, southern Indian Stars, and Sri Lankan Stars. They all belong to the same species. However, the Burmese Star tortoise from Myanmar is a distinct species (Geochelone platynota).
Star tortoises were named for the attractive star-like patterns on their shells. This pattern varies somewhat by the individual tortoise and its native location, especially among the Indian Star tortoises. Furthermore, some Indian Stars, mainly from Sri Lanka, may exhibit some "natural" pyramiding. Although, this is still debatable. In most other tortoises, pyramiding (lumpy shell) is a sign of less than ideal captive care.
Star tortoises, especially Indian Stars (Geochelone elegans), may not be the most "outgoing" tortoises as pets, but they are sweet-tempered and charming. :O)
In the wild, Star tortoises are endangered due to loss of habitat and illegal collection. Support their conservation and never obtain wild-caught specimens as pets. Always buy captive-bred Star tortoises!
Allergic tortoise keepers
Parts of this web site are written from an allergic tortoise keeper's point of view. There are certain aspects to tortoise care that are frequently problematic for allergic and asthmatic tortoise owners. For example, finding a suitable, allergen-free indoor substrate is a major obstacle. Tortoises themselves are seldom, if ever, the cause of allergic reactions.
Non-allergic tortoise owners are often not aware of the problems severely allergic and asthmatic tortoise keepers face. I have not found any books or web sites geared towards allergic tortoise owners. So, I created this site, in part, to share my personal experiences as a tortoise keeper with allergies.
Detailed info and many photos
Many new tortoise keepers find typical caresheets way too vague, so I have gone into great detail on Star tortoise care and useful supplies. Info provided here should answer most questions a new Star tortoise owner might have.
This website is quite photo heavy and some pages may take a bit longer to load if you are using a slow mobile connection, but as they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. :O)
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