The Indian Star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is native to India, part of Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Star tortoise is a geographical variant of the Indian Star tortoise. It can be difficult to tell Indian and Sri Lankan Stars apart, unless you know what area they originally came from.
Indian Star tortoises are born with yellow “butterfly” or “bow” patterns on their shells. These butterflies develop into star shapes with growth. Indian Star babies typically hatch with a four point star pattern on each scute. The new lines start as little spots and then get longer and grow more lines with age. Adult Indian Stars end up having more than six lines per scute, and they do not meet at the end like Burmese stars. This is different when compared to a Burmese Star tortoise, who have a very clear six point pattern on most of their scutesand the star patterns meet each other exactly, to form a beautiful net pattern. The number of lines on the Burmese star stays the same as the tortoise ages from hatchling to adult.
Indian stars have yellow shells with dark brown or black patterns, even though it looks like they are dark with yellow stripes. Head and legs are yellow or light brown and spotted in both species.
Indian Stars can be somewhat delicate and they tend to be sensitive to cold and long periods of high humidity in cold conditions. They are prone to respiratory problems if kept too cold and damp. Indian stars are not the best choice as a first tortoise, but captive-bred Star tortoises can do quite well when provided with the correct environmental conditions and appropriate diet.
Remember, for every tortoise bought from Tortstork, $10 is donated to a turtle/tortoise conservation group to help save these amazing animals.
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Bill Garcia –
When you will have it available again I’m interested
John Kim –
Randy’s hatchlings are some of the best well started that you will find. He puts time and effort into every single one of his animals because hes not your typical big time breeder with thousands to take care of. He puts dedicated time and effort into his research and it shows. The Indian star I got from Randy was (hopefully female) but a big one at that. Barely two months old but already 35g with a super smooth shell. You will pay a little more but paying for quality isn’t a bad thing.
Steve Martin (verified owner) –
Great company to deal with.
Lacy V. (verified owner) –
I love my little indian star tortoise!! No issues and came right on time. She’s doing great!
Tyler (verified owner) –
Beautiful little guy at a decent price. Shy little tort but it eats and it’s exploring its enclosure. Great buy!
Romar C. (verified owner) –
Very satisfied. The tortoise are very healthy. Thank you
Josephine c. (verified owner) –
The indian tortoise are so beautiful, and look very healthy. I love buying from tortstock and definetly will recommend to other friends! Thank again!
Alan Peralta (verified owner) –
Really happy with our Star tortoise it arrive on time and full of energy definitely Randy has the best tortoises around ,
It shows how much time and effort he puts in in these beautiful animals.
Jordan Z. (verified owner) –
I am so in love with my new baby Indian Star tortoise. So far, she seems super healthy and is eating well. Randy was very helpful and answered all of my questions. He even called me to verify my order and answer questions over the phone. I am super happy with my new tort and with the service provided by Tort Stork.
Veronika Caisova (verified owner) –
We highly recommend Tortstork for tortoise purchase. The whole service, from the first contact to the afterward follow ups, was excellent. Randy from Tortstork sent us upfront pictures of our baby tortoise, documented the packaging process and made sure that the tortoise is OK after arrival. We received a very healthy and active baby which is doing great. I would like to also highlight Randy’s after-purchase service. As a first-time tortoise owners, we are having questions regarding the proper care and Randy is always very helpful and returning our messages very quickly.
Anonymous (verified owner) –
Beautiful and healthy hatching. I was very surprised and pleased with Randy’s above and beyond expectation with his customer service. I was looking everywhere to find an indian star tortoise. All was out of stock. Once I came across tortstork, I was lucky to see a wide variety of species he offers. Not to mention a wide variety of Hatch a Tortoise InstaHatch Egg as well. While at tortstork, it was out of stock at the time, when I reached out to see if he has any, he was happy to create a pre-order option for me. Randy answered all the questions I had within a few hours or sometimes even minutes. He also frequently sent me photos of my tortoise egg, hatching day, health status, etc. I have my tortoise for more than a month now and I’m very happy about it. I’m looking forward to purchase a next indian star tortoise as an egg so that I have an opportunity to watch it hatch! Also, I definitely would recommend anyone who wants a tortoise or turtle to purchase from here. ♥️💛🖤
James Daulton (verified owner) –
Our Indian Star hatchlings arrived in perfect condition. They are beautiful, active, and are already eating. We are enjoying them so much and would like to express our appreciation for Randy of Tortstork.
James Daulton (verified owner) –
Awesome, healthy, beautiful tortoise!
Briana K. (verified owner) –
My tortoise is perfect! He came out of the box rearing to go, very active, immediately eating, moving his bowels, not shy at all. I did not expect this from a hatchling, at least not immediately, so I am very pleasantly surprised. Randy was great to work with, very helpful and prompt to respond!
Brett S. (verified owner) –
I had been searching far and wide to try and find Indian star hatchlings for a while now, always met with, we have sri and Burmese. Finally I found the Stork with some Indian eggs being incubated! My dreams came true! Finally! Randy kept in contact with me the rest of the way, and even let me know when they hatched!! I’m so beyond excited! Thank you so much Randy! Randy you are THE man!
Mathew SANDOVAL (verified owner) –
Tortoise came very active and ate, very good experience ordering from tortstork. Very well taken care of and very healthy tortoises.
Rachel S. (verified owner) –
I wanted to wait a bit before I left a review. Very fast response with shipping. My little Indian Star arrived alive and healthy. After 2 days he/she is already up, eating and exploring. Would definitely purchase from Tortstork again.
Jeffrey C. (verified owner) –
I received a very healthy baby tortoise!! Im happy about the service too!!
Jason Whitt (verified owner) –
Great customer service. Tortoise come in health and lots of energy. It’s been 4 days now and they are eating great. I will be ordering with tortstork again
nathan a. (verified owner) –
Was super easy and great experience. Would do business again! The baby was in perfect health and eating almost immediately being put in his new home.
Anonymous (verified owner) –
friendly and courteous
Hettihewage DeSilva (verified owner) –
Absolutely amazing buying experience. Customer Service was top notch from beginning to end. Best of all, I received the most lively, active, healthy tortoise. Will definitely use again!! TortStork is the ONLY way to go!
-Sincerely one Happy Customer
Elyse P. (verified owner) –
Shane (verified owner) –
I couldn’t be more happy with the tortoises! I have been searching online for a while for the Indian Star and decided to reach out to TortStork. Randy responded right away. I read so many horror stories online about dead tortoises and not receiving the tortoises at all. I decided to take the chance and ordered them. I am so glad we did! They came the next day!! I can tell they we well taken care of. They ate and drank the night they arrived. I am super happy with the tortoises.
Richard (verified owner) –
Outstanding in every way. Super responsive and very professional. Tortoise is healthy and thriving. I would highly recommend to anyone interested.
Haley T. (verified owner) –
Healthy baby tortoise
Krystyna Griffith (verified owner) –
I have now purchased 3 tortoises from Tortstork, including a Russian, a cherry head, and an Indian Star and all three arrived healthy and happy! I have received phenomenal customer service and the communication throughout all three transactions has been amazing. I also love knowing that if I have any questions Tortstork is just an email away. I could not be happier with the experiences that I had along with my three little tortoises! I have already recommended them to a few friends and will continue to do so!
William W. (verified owner) –
What a beautiful hatchling! Randy has been extremely responsive to all my questions and concerns throughout this whole process. He was also accommodating with regard to the shipping time to suit my needs. You also get to see picture of the hatchlings before you purchase which is a big plus.
The hatchling arrived healthy and energetic. After soaking the hatchling, he immediately started exploring the enclosure and ate to his heart’s content!
Very satisfied with Tortstork and will definitely consider buying from Randy again in the future!
Jamie B. (verified owner) –
Such an amazing experience! Beautiful tortoises that come packaged extremely well and in great health. Lively and personable right from the start. The communication and knowledge is on another level. Looking forward to working with them again in the future!
Thank you so much.
Matthew G. (verified owner) –
Best place to get your Tortoise from. Very helpful, not to many places I know the owner will get on the phone and talk you through anything you need help with. Thanks for a great experience and highly recommend to anyone looking for a new tortoise!!
Laura S. (verified owner) –
Very healthy Indian Star , bigger than what i expected which was great ! Communication was fantastic ! And im definitely doing business with them in the future!