Reptiles – Indian Star Tortoise
Thursday, October 20th, 2022
The Indian star tortoise (Geochelone Elegans) is a threatened species of tortoise found in dry areas and scrub forests in India and Sri Lanka. This species is quite popular in the exotic pet trade, which is the main reason it is endangered.
The Indian star tortoise is named for the star-like patterns on its high-domed shell which is distinctive to both species of star tortoise ( the other being the critically endangered Burmese Star tortoise, found in the deciduous forests of Burma).
They are mostly herbivorous and feed on grasses, fallen fruit, flowers, and leaves of succulent plants, and will occasionally eat carrion. In captivity, however, they should never be fed meat.