Indian Star Tortoise

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Indian Star Tortoise

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of the Indian Star Tortoise is Geochelone elegans


  • Smallest species in geochelone
  • Famous for its star-radiating pattern
  • One of the lovely tortoises 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 is susceptible to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.


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


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


  • During rainy season


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

Life Span

  • 30 to 35 years


  • 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, tomatoes, Bananas, Cabbages, Cucumbers, Bok Choy, Broccoli, etc.


  • Terrestrial; forests, dry savannahs, and dry grassland