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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Testudinidae
Genus:Geochelone
Genus species:Geochelone elegans

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:25 cm
Identification:The Indian star tortoise has a grayish-brown shell with a star pattern in cream or golden brown. Its carapace is elongated with elevated plates.
Habitat:Dry lowland forests, high grassy jungles
Diet:Herbivore: fruit, grass, cacti, flowers
Reproduction:Females can have as many as nine clutches a year, each one containing 5-7 eggs. The eggs hatch after incubating for 110 days.
Behavior:The Indian star tortoise does not hibernate during periods of colder weather.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:The star pattern on the shell is used for camouflage in tall grass. This is the smallest species of the genus Geochelone.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Central Asia Date:1966-05 Subjects:reptile
herptile
Indian star tortoise
turtle
Geochelone
Testudinidae
Turtles
Reptiles
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata