About this object

Indian star tortoises have yellow to tan heads, limbs, and tails, though the skin may be marked with dark spots or blotches. The carapace is the most striking feature of this tortoise and can have smooth to almost pyramidal scutes. Each scute has a yellowish centre with yellow or tan lines radiating from it, forming the star shape for which this species is named.

Object specifics

  • Accession no.
    1989.123.85
  • Scientific name
    Geochelone elegans (Schoepff, 1795)
  • Classification
    REPTILIA TESTUDINES TESTUDINIDAE
  • Common name
    Indian Star Tortoise
  • Collector
  • Date collected
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Tamil Nadu: Chennai
  • Measurements
  • Credit line
  • Red Book Data status
Object view = Natural Science
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