Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)

Baby Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)
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Chelonia Mydas

  • Size: Average nesting female carapace (shell) is about 32 to 43 inches (80 to 110 cm)
  • Weight: Average nesting female is about 243 to 408 pounds (110 to 185 kg)
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  • Habitat: Mostly in shallow water areas with seagrass or seaweed. They nest on sandy beaches.
  • Food: They are herbivorous. Their menu includes seagrass and seaweed (algae).
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  • Geography: The Green Turtle can be found in tropical marine waters. They have been seen nesting around western and northern Australia, Costa Rica, Europa and nearby islands in the Mozambique Channel, Pacific Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Sabah, and Sarawak.
  • Population in a good year can range from 10,000 nesting females to 80,000 nesting females in stable areas. Females lay about 100 to 120 eggs in each clutch of three.
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References: Groombridge, B. 1982. The IUCN Amphibia Reptilia Red Data Book:Testudines, Crocodylia, Rhynchocephalia. IUCN, SwitzerlandPhoto courtesy of NOAA

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