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Scientific Name: Geochelone elegans
Habitat: Dry areas and scrub forest
Diet: Leaves, flowers, plants
Life span: 30 to 80 years
Young: Average 7 eggs per clutch
Size: Up to 7 kg (15 lbs)

The Indian star tortoise lives in dry scrub forests and grassland areas of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Its characteristic markings make excellent camouflage. This tortoise does not hibernate, but can become inactive if it is too hot or cold. The Indian star tortoise has unfortunately become popular in the illegal exotic pet trade.

Fun Fact: The female Indian star tortoise tends to be larger than the male.


A world map with India and Sri Lanka highlighted.

Range: India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan


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Status: Least concern

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13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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