Indian Star Tortoise

Back to the Animal Finder

Indian Star Tortoise

Range:

Central and southern India.

Habitat:

Dry lowland forests, high grassy jungles.

Characteristics:

One of the most attractive tortoises. Grayish-brown shell with break-up "star" patterns that are cream to golden-brown in color. Carapace elongated, with strongly elevated or smooth carapace plates.

Indian Star Tortoise
Behavior:

The Indian star tortoise uses radiating lines on the carapace to break-up shell shape when hiding in tufts of grass. They like water more than any other species of the genus, but are sensistive to long periods of high humidity.

Reproduction:

Females lay relatively few eggs, usually 5 -7 per clutch, but may have up to 8 or 9 clutches per year. Incubation lasts about 110 days.

Indian Star Tortoise
Range
Class: reptiles
Genus: Geochelone
Species: elegans
Length: 10 - 11 inches
Average Lifespan: 30
Wild Diet: Fruit, grasses, cactus, flowers and plants.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Appendix II
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Desert Zone


Learn more about reptiles or animals from Europe & Asia!
Or, cross-reference the two!

    • MEET OUR ANIMALS

    • ZOO MEMBERSHIPS

    • GROUP PARTIES

    • EDUCATION