Indian Star Tortoise

Indian Star Tortoise

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Indian Star Tortoise is Geochelone elegans

Description

  • Smallest species in geochelone
  • Famous with its star radiating pattern
  • One of the lovely tortoise kept by pet lovers, 30 years ago.
  • It used to be one of the most popular pet tortoises in captive.
  • It is pretty rare now because it is eaten by local people and susceptible to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

Distribution

  • India (Central and southern India), Sri Lanka and west into Pakistan

Breeding

  • 2 to 6 eggs per clutch
  • 2 to 3 clutches per year
  • Incubation period is around 50 to 150 days

Nesting

  • During rainy season

Size

  • Male tortoise = about 20cm
  • Female tortoise = about 30cm

Life Span

  • 30 to 35 years

Diet

  • Vegetarian & Herbivorous (plant-eating); grass, succulents, vegetables, fruits and occasionally meat.
  • Primary foods: Grass, Dark Leafy Greens (e.g. dandelions, mustards, collards, turnips, kales)
  • Occasional foods: Pears, Carrots, Apples (with skin), Peaches, Berries, Beans (with skin), Peas (with skin)
  • Never try to feed them: Very Juicy Fruits, tomato, Bananas, Cabbages, Cucumbers, Bok Choy, Broccoli, etc

Habitat

  • Terrestrial; forests, dry savannahs, and dry grassland