February 2018: Green Turtle

Scientific Name   Chelonia mydas
Alternate Name   Black 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
  Endangered   Diurnal   Solitary   Omnivore
  Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America   Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic, Marine Intertidal, Marine Coastal/Supratidal
  99-153 cm.   39-60 in.
  150-395 kg.   331-871 lb.   27-80 yr.   35.5-49.5 yr. (Generation)
Fore Hind

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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