Back to the Animal Finder

Indian Star Tortoise


Central and southern India.


Dry lowland forests, high grassy jungles.


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 Click to View Bigger Picture

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.


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
Class: reptile
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 reptile or animals from Europe & Asia!
Or, cross-reference the two!

2600 East Sunnyside Avenue | Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 | (801) 584-1700