Indian Star Tortoise - Geochelone elegans
As its common name suggests, Geochelone elegans (Testudines - Testudinidae) is a species of tortoise found in three areas of the Indian subcontinent, including territories of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The carapace is the most striking feature of this tortoise and can have smooth to almost pyramidal scutes. Each scute has a yellowish areola (center) with yellow or tan lines radiating from it, forming the star shape for which this species is named. Females are often markedly larger than males. An adult male’s carapace typically grows to a straight-line length of 15-20 cm, and females reach 25-30 cm.
Photo credit: ©Gabri Mtnez | Locality: Sri Lanka (2014)