Project Description

Indian Star Tortoise

Geochelone elegans

Animal Class: Reptile

Length: 5-15 inches

Weight: 2-15 pounds

Lifespan: 25-80 years

Diet: Herbivore

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Description: This medium-sized tortoise is named for the star pattern on its shell.

They’re considered vulnerable to extinction in the wild. Threats to the species include predation and flooding, but human interference such as hunting and illegal pet trade also affect their population.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable