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INDIAN STAR TORTOISE

Geochelone elegans


Range:

India and Sri Lanka

The Star tortoise gets its name from its tell-tale shell: a gray-brown shell comprised of raised humps with star-patterned-mottled brown stripes extending from the center of each hump. In this species, females are generally much larger than males and have larger humps on their shells. The shape of these shells is a natural adaptation to help the tortoise right itself should it be turned over.



Habitat: Dry areas and scrub forest
Diet: Grass, fruit and leaves 
Status: Least concern
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: Males: 8 inches, Females: 10 inches

Lifespan: 30-35 years
Reproduction & Offspring: Lays 5-7 eggs in a hole in the ground 3-9 times a year.

 

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