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Sri Lankan Star tortoise, Geochelone elegans

Adult Indian Star tortoise, Sri Lankan type

Taxonomy (Classification)

Current

Old

Testudo elegans

Testudo elegans from "Historia testvdinvm iconibvs illvstrata" (1792-1801) by Ioannis Davidis Schoepff. Illustration by Friedrich Wilhelm Wunder. The Indian Star tortoise was first described by Schoepff.

Other names

Origin

Size

Color & pattern

Geochelone elegans

Adult Star tortoise in Sri Lanka. Notice the underlying yellow shell color.

Habitat

General

Sri Lanka

camouflaged sri lankan star tortoiseankan star tortoise

The star patterned carapace is not only beautiful, but also provides excellent camouflage among vegetation. It's very difficult to find Star tortoises in grassy areas. When I'm looking for mine, it can take a long time to locate them!

Activity

Personality

Care

Diet

Life span

Male vs female

Reproduction, eggs, incubation

Literature

Conservation

Cautions

 

References: books

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