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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Beauty Of Burmese Starred Tortoise Turtle

Beauty Of Animals | The Beauty Of Burmese Starred Tortoise Turtle | The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) is becoming extinct in its native Myanmar (Burma). It lives in the dry, deciduous forest, and is eaten both by the native Burmese, and is traded to the Chinese, where it is sometimes found in the food markets. It is on CITES Appendix II, meaning a permit from the country of export is required. Reportedly, Myanmar has never granted an export permit, meaning most captive bred are originally from illegal tortoises, or imports grandfathered in prior to the CITES listing. Yadanabon Zoological Gardens is currently engaged in a captive breeding program to increase the population of this tortoise.
This tortoise can easily be distinguished from the more common Indian star tortoise by comparing the plastrons of the two species. It is considered critically endangered by the IUCN. One recent expedition searched for the Burmese star for 400 hours with specially trained dogs and 5 volunteers and only found 5 tortoises.
The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) is becoming extinct in its native Myanmar (Burma). Burmese Starred tortoises look like another land turtle called Indian Starred tortoise. But if you look closely, you will see the Burmese Starred Tortoise's shell is thinner and flatter than the Indian Starred tortoise.
Burmese Starred Tortoises are omnivorous as they eat both plants and animals. But we are still not sure what they eat in the wild. The Burmese Starred Tortoise sticks to his name. His shell's pattern is beautifully star-studded. It is said that in the early 20th century, the Burmese Starred Tortoise was high in number. However, soon after, they were caught for food. Their woods were clear-cut and now they are endangered.
And the greatest problem today is they are being caught as pets. In Myanmar, it is illegal to capture and export the Burmese Starred Tortoise. Despite this, large numbers of Burmese Starred Tortoise are being sold in Japan, China, and Thailand. The first step is to severely punish lawbreakers and smugglers.
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