February 2018: Green Turtle

Common Name   Green Turtle
Scientific Name   Chelonia mydas
Alternate Names   Black Sea Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Pacific Green Turtle
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 kg. | 39-60 in.
  150-395 kg. | 331-871 lb.   27-80 yr.
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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 by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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