|Straight Carapace Length||Male: up to 25 cm (9.8 in)
Female: approximately 32 cm (13 in)*
|Weight||Up to 3 kg (7 lb); may weigh more or less, depending on timing of feeding and excretion, or in cases of gigantism (see note below)|
*Largest female reported by Platt et al. (2019) was 45.5 cm (17.9 in) CL; may have had condition of gigantism, where grow exceptionally large (e.g., due to a hormone disorder). Platt and colleagues suggest typical maximum size for females is 32 cm (12 to 13 in).
Data sources: Platt et al. 2001; Platt et al. (2011), Platt et al. (2019); S.G. Platt, personal communication, 2022
These tortoises are named for the star-shaped pattern on their shell, which camouflages them under grasses.
Image credit: © San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. All rights reserved.
The shell coloration of Burmese Star Tortoises varies from light brown to black.
Image credit: Myo Min Win, © WCS/TSA Myanmar Turtle Program. All rights reserved. Used with permission.