February 2018: Green Turtle

Scientific Name Chelonia mydas
Alternate Name Black Sea Turtle, Common Green Sea Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Pacific Green Turtle
Collective Name Bale, Dole, Nest, Turn
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Testudines Cheloniidae Chelonia
Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic, Marine Intertidal, Marine Coastal/Supratidal
150-395 kg. 331-871 lb.
99-153 cm. 39-60 in. 27-80 yr. 35.5-49.5 yr. (Generation)
Endangered Solitary Diurnal
Decreasing Polygynandrous Omnivore
Fore Hind
4 Subspecies
C. m. agassizi/agassizii Black, Eastern Pacific, Galápagos, Pacific Black
C. m. carrinegra Brown, Northeastern Pacific
C. m. japonica West Pacific
C. m. mydas Atlantic

The green turtle (Chelonia mydas,) is the second largest overall species of all sea turtles. As a cosmopolitan species, these marine turtles are found in shallow tropical and subtropical waters near the Earth’s equator. They are migratory and will travel great lengths in order to return to the beach upon which they hatched and lay the next generation of eggs. The green sea turtle is listed as an “Endangered” species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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