Star Tortoise

Star Tortoise

Check out Australia Zoo’s Star Tortoises!

Say “hello” to our adorable star tortoises! These Indian natives can be found all day long in our Reptile House, sharing their home with our awesome Fijian crested iguanas. These tortoises have to be seen to be believed. Crikey, they’re as cute as a button!

 

Star Tortoise standing on a rock tucking their head into their shell.

 

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

 

Star Tortoise's shell up close to show detail.

 

Unfortunately, due to illegal poaching and collection for the wildlife trade, the wild population of star tortoises is decreasing. Habitat destruction is also a contributing factor to their current vulnerable status. They are species in need of our support!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Geochelone

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    elegans

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    Up to 35 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 5 - 6 kilograms

  • Diet

    Herbivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    Approx. 90 - 120 days

  • threatened species status of animal icon
    Status

    Vulnerable