Star Tortoise is a dome shaped land tortoise, generally black in color with yellow star marks, both dorsally and ventrally.
It measures up to 35 cm (carapace length). Body weighs 4.5 kg. The western India populations are larger and less brightly colored, while the southern populations are smaller and more brightly colored. Limbs are stumpy, conical, and usually yellow with black pigments.
The Star Tortoise is an omnivore, eating both insects and plants. Diets include roots and shoots of different grasses and fruits.