The green turtle has the most numerous and widely dispersed nesting sites of the seven species, and was once highly sought after for its body fat – a key ingredient in the popular delicacy, ‘green turtle soup.’ Although it has become illegal to trade them in many parts of the world, green turtles and their eggs continue to be consumed.
- Nesting areas throughout tropical regions are often on islands and coral atolls in addition to mainland beaches
- Non-nesting range extends to temperate regions during immature stages
- Length 2.5-4 feet
- Weight 660 Pds
- Length 3 cm
- Weight .8 Oz
- For immature stages, soft-bodied invertebrates such as jellies and jelly-like organisms.
- For later immature stages and adults, mainly herbivorous, but also sessile invertebrates such as sea pens soft corals
- Reproduce every 2-4 years
- Lay 2-5 clutches of eggs per season
- Lay 80-120 eggs per clutch
- Large ping-pong is Sized eggs weigh approximately 1.5 - 1.8 oz
- Incubation period approximately 60 days long
- Can take 20-40 years to reach sexual maturity
- Green sea turtles were important for European explorers to the New World; they provided an essential source of food, and they helped crews navigate around islands at night by the increased volume of their aggregated breathing
- The former abundance of Green sea turtles in the Caribbean is estimated to have been as high as 500 million individuals
- Eastern Pacific Green sea turtles are termed ‘Green sea turtles’ because of their darker coloration. They tend to be smaller and lay fewer eggs than Green Sea turtles elsewhere.
- Green sea turtles nest in highly diverse types of habitats, including archipelagoes, isolated coral atolls, mainland beaches, in all tropical and sub-tropical oceans
GREEN TURTLE FACTS
- The Green sea turtle is the largest species of hard-shelled turtles.
- Green sea turtles are thought to live for 60 to 70 years, reaching
- Green sea turtles are named after their green-colored fat.
- Green sea turtles live all over the world and can be found off the.
- Typically, only female sea turtles will visit shores during their lifetime, but male and female green turtles are known to come ashore and.
- Female Green sea turtles return to the same beach where they.