Star tortoise

Star tortoise

Toirtis réaltach

Star tortoises live in dry or semi-desert areas in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They feed on grasses and soft vegetation. Their striking pattern breaks up their body outline, helping them to hide among dry grasses. Females are much larger than males. They use their strong back legs and long claws to dig burrows for their eggs. Habitat loss and illegal collecting for the pet trade threaten this species’ survival.

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