Indian Star (Geochelone Elegans)

Indian Star (Geochelone-Elegans)

Indian Star (Geochelone-Elegans)

Range- India, Eastern Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

Habitat-Indian Star tortoises inhabit dry semi-grassland areas and can be found all over India. Recent studies have shown that because of the physical differences of the Northern, Southern, and Sri Lanken varieties, that these soon may be classified under a sub-species. They are a remarkable species that shows the true definition of a star. The Indian Star tortoise tends to be a shy species, but given its native habitat, has every right to be. These tortoise will seek shelter if found in the very dry sandy, and somewhat rocky, arid landscape found throughout India. These tortoises do not inhabit any of the rainforest or forests of India.

Diet- A large variety of different grasses and many different species of succulents comprise their diet. These are a very low protein species. Naturally, they do not eat fruits or carrion, as many other tortoise species will.

Size- Males tend to stay smaller than females in this species. Adult males can reach 10+” Adult females can reach 12+”.

Conservation- Listed as a common and not of concern. A very popular species in commercial pet trade, but not exported anymore. This helps in sustaining the wild population’s numbers with a solid number of wild specimens.

Indian Star (Geochelone-Elegans)

Indian Star (Geochelone-Elegans)

Male Left, Female Right. Indian Star (Geochelone-Elegans)

Male Left, Female Right. Indian Star (Geochelone-Elegans)

 

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