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- The Star tortoise is a herbivore.
The Star Tortoise is a species of tortoise found in dry areas and
scrub forest in India and Sri Lanka. This species is quite popular in
the exotic pet trade.
Star tortoises are
stunning in their beauty with the radiating "star" pattern on their
carapace making them an eye-catching disply in zoos or private
collections the world over.
Star tortoises are a
sexually dimorphic species with females growing to much larger sizes
The world’s 300 living tortoise and
freshwater turtle species1 are an evolutionary success story .Turtles and
tortoises have existed for nearly 300 million years, since the Triassic
Era, long before many dinosaurs walked the Earth.
The Desert Tortoise Preserve
Committee urgently needs your support to: acquire key parcels of
prime desert tortoise habitat, develop and improve land and wildlife
management programs for the desert tortoise
- Star tortoise
is found in a
number of habitat types - from the semi deserts in the outskirts of the
Thar area in Rajasthan and Gujarat to the savannahs and the more moist
deciduous forests of southern and western Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, many
forests drop their leave during the dry period of the year.
- The Star
tortoise belongs to a group of tortoises that bear a distinguishing
radiating pattern on their carapaces. Variations of this pattern are
quite common among African and to some extent Asian tortoises, and are -
despite the eye-catching appearance in unnatural surroundings - a very
efficient means of camouflage.
- Star tortoise
is a medium to large size tortoise. The specimen that so far holds the
size record was a female from the northern part of the species'
distribution area, which weighed 7 kilograms and measured 380 mm, but
most specimens are considerably smaller.
- The species
ranges over large parts of India, in South-eastern Pakistan and in Sri
Lanka. At least three geographically separated variants can be
perceived, and there is a distinct possibility that the species will be
divided into several subspecies, or maybe even seperate species in the
from the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent are very large
and have a relatively dark ground colour.
The Indian Star Tortoise is highly prized in
the pet trade and afforded legal protection in its range countries of
India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Indian Star Tortoise remains the target
of international wildlife trade.
The Indian Star Tortoise is restricted to the dry regions
of south-eastern and southern India, north-western India, northern and
eastern Sri Lanka and extreme eastern Pakistan in Sind
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