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Indian Star Tortoise

Indian star tortoise is a species of tortoise found in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The species is most active during early morning and late afternoon and activity level peaks during the rainy season. The tortoise is mainly herbivorous. Females are larger than males.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Superfamily Testudinoidea
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Geochelone
    Scientific Name Geochelone elegans


    Size 15 to 38 cm (5.91 to 14.96 in)
    Weight Up to 10-15 lbs (7 kg)
    Color Black outer shell with yellow small circular area from which  yellow streaks radiate; underside of the shell also has black and yellow radiating streaks
    Distribution India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
    Habitat Semi-deserts, grasslands, scrub forests, thorn scrubs, agricultural fields
    Diet Grasses, flowers, fallen fruit, leaves of succulent plants
    Hibernation Fact Does not hibernate
    Predators Eggs and young ones fall prey to birds, reptiles, jackals, foxes
    Breeding Season Rainy season (middle of June to November)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 10 eggs
    Incubation Period 1 to 6 months
    Reproductive Age Male: 6 to 8 years of age
    Female: 8 to 12 years of age
    Average Lifespan 30 to 80 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 20th 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 27th August 2018.

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