Izzy the Burmese Star

This is Izzy (short for Israel)!

Izzy is a Burmese Star tortoise, a critically endangered species

There are roughly 2,000-3,000 Burmese Stars left in the wild in their native country, Myanmar. They are considered a delicacy in neighboring China and are often poached as a result.

Burmese Stars have done exceptionally well in captivity. As an adult, Izzy will grow to be 10 to 12 inches long and could weigh up to 40 pounds.

Like all tortoises, Burmese Stars are long-lived, easily reaching 70-100 years old. Izzy turned 2 in April 2023.

Izzy eats a varied diet of grasses and weeds. Plantain is a favorite!
Izzy 3
Burmese Stars are very curious. Izzy is far from camera shy!
To keep Izzy hydrated, we give her a daily soak. This usually lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.

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