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Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) Fact Sheet: Diet & Feeding

Diet

Mostly herbivorous

  • Mainly eat grasses and other vegetation (Platt et al. 2001, Thanda Swe 2004, cited by Platt et al. 2011; Platt et al. 2011; Platt et al. 2018)
    • Feed heavily on newly sprouted grasses (Platt et al. 2011)
    • Flowers, fruits, and seeds (Platt et al. 2001; Platt 2001a; Platt et al. 2011; Platt et al. 2018)
    • Leaves of succulents (Platt et al. 2018)
      • Dipterocarpus tuberculatus may be important during dry season
  • Mosses and fungi (Platt et al. 2001; Thanda Swe 2004, cited by Platt 2011; Platt et al. 2018)
    • Available during wet season
  • Less common diet items
    • Earthworms and millipedes (Platt et al. 2011)
    • Snails and insects (Thanda Swe 2004, cited by Platt 2001; Platt et al. 2011)
    • Carrion (meat scavenging) (e.g., Thanda Swe 2004, cited by Platt et al. 2011; Soe et al. 2016)
  • Minerals (Platt et al. 2018)
    • May seek sources of concentrated minerals (e.g., calcium in soil or eggshells) (Platt et al. 2001; Platt 2001b)

Leafy Greens

Burmese star tortoise bites leafy greens

Burmese Star Tortoises mainly eat grasses and other vegetation.

Image credit: Swann Htet Naing Aung, © WCS/TSA Myanmar Turtle Program. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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