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(Geochelone elegans)

Star tortoises are found throughout India and Sri Lanka. These gorgeous reptiles were aptly named due to the star-shaped pattern on their carapace. They are one of the smallest land tortoises on the planet, reaching only around 35 centimetres in length!

Habitat

Star tortoises are found throughout India and Sri Lanka. Despite their small size and gentle nature, they are able to survive some of the harshest of environments. Star tortoises frequently inhabit dry, arid scrubland and coconut plantations.

Diet

They are a primarily herbivorous tortoise, dining on grasses, flowers, fresh shoots, berries and fruits when available.

Breeding

Unlike other tortoise mating rituals, the star tortoises' is rather sedate. The male circles the female until she is receptive to mate. The female star tortoise will lay a small clutch of eggs in a shallow hole she has dug in the sand to incubate.

Geochelone elegans

Display Status

On DisplayOur Amazing Star-tortoises(s) are currently on display

Star Tortoises Profiles

Franklin

Threat Level

Vulnerable

Vulnerable


Star Tortoises Profiles

Franklin

Franklin
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Sex: Male

I'm Franklin, a teeny-tiny star tortoise. I'm probably the cutest thing you'll ever lay eyes on... I promise I'm not biased! I'm an Indian native found throughout Sri Lanka and I share my home at Australia Zoo with Fijian crested iguanas, which is super cool. I'm one of the smallest tortoises on the planet - I will only reach up to 35 centimetres in length.

My keepers think I'm cute as a button and they're always impressed by me because, despite my tiny stature, I can live in some of the harshest environments in the world! I'm a herbivore and my favourite foods are berries and flowers. My species is vulnerable in the wild, so by adopting me, you're helping me advocate for my wild cousins!

 

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