Indian Star Tortoise Hatchling
The Indian star tortoise is a beautifully colored chelonian found in the dry areas and scrub forests of India and Sri Lanka. They are easily identified by the gorgeous markings they have on their carapace (Shell). The shell is mainly black with yellow “star” like patterns on each scute. This species feeds regularly on any kind of greenery, making them herbivorous. They are born the size and shape of a ping pong ball with wide yellow stripes. As they grow, the patterns spread out and more of the black coloration becomes visibile. The animal used for this photo was an adult female. Because of their apparent beauty, Indian star tortoises are in danger in the wild. They are regularly collected for food, over harvested for the illegal pet trade and at risk due to habitat loss.