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Star Tortoise

Geochelone elegans


A Land tortoise of low-country dry zone up to about 300m, usually found in shrub jungles, grasslands, chena cultivations and teak plantations. It feeds mainly on plant matters such as flowers of varies plants, but also scavenges on animal matters. Though illegal it is widely collected for pet trade.


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26 Comments (1–25)

ShannaB 7 years ago

Congrats Nuwan. I have only seen these as tiny babies in a zoo.

sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Congrats to you on this beauty...

Congratulations Nuwan!

Tom15 7 years ago

Congrats on a nice SOTD!

Great find Nuwan,amazing carapace,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Nice spot, Nuwan! Congrats.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Spectacular turtle! Congratulations!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 7 years ago

Congratulations Nuwan for this great spot and the SOTD!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 7 years ago

Congratulations Nuwan!

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Thank you Ocean Mist!

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Thank you Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Congratulations Nuwan.. :)

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Thanks so much for your comments and favorites !

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

Congratulations Nuwan .... so nice spotting

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Congratulations Nuwan !!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

congrats on SOTD!

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Congrats Nuwan. Nature is amazing in design.

surekha 7 years ago

So beautiful, Nuwan! Congratulations!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congrats Nuwan.

Congratulations NuwanChathuranga.
Lovely spotting.

VivBraznell 7 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD Nuwan! : )

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Congratulations, Nuwan. Very deserved SOTD.

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Congrats Nuwan!

KarenL 7 years ago

Congrats Nuwan, this handsome tortoise has earned you Spotting of the Day!

The star tortoise has a distinctive radiating pattern on its carapace that provides it with a surprisingly efficient camouflage by visually breaking up its outline when it sits in the shade of grass or vegetation.


Lovely design, beautiful land tortoise, thanks for sharing, NuwanChathuranga.

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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Mar 19, 2014
Submitted on Mar 20, 2014

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