Sākums Animals Indian Star Tortoise

Indian Star Tortoise

IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
EEP (EAZA Ex-situ Programme)

Indian Star Tortoises are native to Indian subcontinent. The species is found in three disjunct geographical areas:

■ northwestern India and extreme southeastern Pakistan; 
■ southeastern India; 
■ the island of Sri Lanka. 

The numbers are decreasing. The most alarming factor is the continuous exploitation for international pet trade. The habitat destruction is also a threat.


■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2000, listed as Vulnerable (VU) since 2016.
■ The species is managed under the EEP (EAZA Ex-situ Programme). 
■ Listed in Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).


■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Testudines – turtles
■ Family Testudinidae – tortoises
■ Species Geochelone elegans – Indian Star Tortoise

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