Geochelone elegans (Schoepff, 1795)



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.