• Common Group: TORTOISE
  • Common Name: Indian Star Tortoise
  • Scientific Name: Geochelone Elegans
  • Distribution: Southern and Central India
  • Size: up to 11”

Natural Habitat:

The Indian Star Tortoise inhabits semi – arid lowland forests and grasslands in Southern and Central India.  They can also be found in areas that have monsoon seasons.  The Indian Star has a higher tolerance for water than any other tortoise in its genus.


Docile and friendly, easy to handle.  Males can be aggressive to females during breeding season.

They love to be outside on a warm sunny day.  These tortoises do not hibernate.

Captive Environment:

Use full spectrum lighting 12 – 14 hours per day, ( max lifespan of bulb is 12 months). Do not mix with other species, as stars have proved to be very susceptible to catching diseases from other tortoises.


Day temperature should be 30 degrees C.  Maintain night temperature range between 20 – 22 degrees C. Use a thermostat to obtain correct temperatures.


This species requires low levels of humidity.

 Water Requirements:

Provide a large shallow bowl for drinking and soaking.

Nutritional Requirements:

The Indian Star Tortoise is a herbivore (does not eat meat) and primarily eats grass, although a standard tortoise diet is acceptable. They will also eat flowers and fruits.  Do not feed too much lettuce and tomatoes  as this can cause gut problems such as colic.  Lawn grass is a good option.