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Green Turtle

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas

A large sea turtle that reaches weights of 180 kilograms to in excess of 300 kilograms. Males are slightly larger than females. 

They are named after the green colour of their skin, rather than the colour of their shells, which are generally brown to olive in colour.
Their heads are small in proportion to their carapace.

Mainly herbivorous, often inhabiting lagoons and creeks where they feed on seagrasses.

Unusually for sea turtles, this species is known to bask in the sun out of water (as opposed to just swimming close to the surface to warm themselves).

Listed as Endangered by the IUCN.

This species is found in all tropical waters of the globe, and is the most frequently encountered Sea turtle on the East African Coast both on land and at sea by fishermen, snorkelers and divers. There are numerous nesting sites along the East African coast as well as plenty of food in the form of seagrasses that are common in lagoons and creeks.  

 

 

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