Contact: John Delaney
Wildlife Conservation Society
Caption: The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) is characterized by well defined, symmetrical star patterns that radiate across the reptile’s carapace or shell. Very little is known about the species, which is threatened by both the pet trade and a demand for meat. The Burmese star tortoise is listed as "Critically Endangered."
Credit: Brian D. Horne/Wildlife Conservation Society
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