Indian Star Tortoise Geochelone elegans

Indian Star Tortoise
Indian Star Tortoise
Indian Star Tortoise
The Indian Star Tortoise, named after the attractive markings on its "carapace" (upper shell), is native to India and Sri Lanka. The markings are for camouflage.
Indian Star Tortoise
Indian Star Tortoise
Indian Star Tortoise
Unlike the Radiated Tortoise (link below), the Star Tortoise has a light shell background with dark markings which fade and lighten with age. They can live to over 100 years old.
Baby Indian Star Tortoise Baby Star tortoise.
Baby Indian Star Tortoise The Star can grow to 25cm long.
juvenile Indian Star Tortoise Juvenile
They are highly endangered by the illegal pet/wildlife trade. Many of those collected and smuggled don't survive the trauma.
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