All about Indian & Burmese Star tortoises, Angulates, and Golden Greeks...

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Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) hatchling

Young Burmese Star tortoise (Geochelone platynota).

I seem to like tortoises that are yellow or orangish in color and have shells marked with dots, dashes, or stripes. This website highlights my favorite tortoise species, the Indian Star tortoise (Geochelone elegans), Burmese Star tortoise (Geochelone platynota), South African Angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata), and Golden Greek tortoise (typically Testudo graeca terrestris). I keep these species myself and to me they are all stars in the tortoise world. :O)

Star tortoises

The Indian Star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is a beautiful tortoise native to India, a 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, formerly Burma, 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.

Indian Stars (Geochelone elegans) may not be the most "outgoing" tortoises as pets, but they are sweet tempered and charming. Burmese Stars (Geochelone platynota) tend to be less timid than Indians.

In the wild, Star tortoises are endangered due to loss of habitat and illegal collecting. In fact, the Burmese Star tortoise is one of the most endangered tortoises in the world. Support tortoise conservation and never obtain wild caught specimens as pets. Always buy captive bred Star tortoises.

Angulate tortoises

Angulate (Angulated) tortoises (Chersina angulata) are small, beautiful tortoises native to South Africa. They are sometimes called "fighting tortoises" due to the males' intensive desire to joust with each other. Their shells are decorated with dots and triangles. Some individuals are very colorful, while others are more plain brown. Due to their reputation and history of being problematic to keep and reproduce, they are not common in captive collections. Captive bred babies are difficult to find.

Golden Greek tortoises

Golden Greek (Testudo graeca ssp) tortoises have become more common as pets in recent years. No wonder, they have beautiful coloring and are easy to keep due their small size. Some Golden Greeks are golden yellow as their name implies, but others are more beige or brownish in color. Many Goldens are almost patternless, while others have "domino dots" or even more traditional Greek shell markings. Their beautiful looks and fantastic "outgoing" (less timid) personalities have made them popular.

Burmese Star tortoise, Geochelone platynota

Burmese Star tortoise.

Work in progress

This website is continuously evolving and is a work in progress. Some of the content may not match exactly how I care for and house my tortoises today. I tend to make small tweaks here and there as time goes on. There's always so much more to learn about tortoises.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll enjoy your visit.


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