The Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans) 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.
Smallest Geochelone species. Head yellow to tan, bulging in the nasal region.
May have black spots on the crown. Carapace elongated with strongly elevated or smooth carapace plates. Each carapace scute has yellow areola with radiating yellow scutes extending to margins. Radiating streaks from intermediate points to scute margins. Marginal scutes have areolae at postero-ventral corners; "stars" are incomplete. Plastron has dark radiations on a light background. Forelimbs yellow to tan with large scales. Tail yellow to tan.