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Green turtle

Chelonia mydas

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Green turtle

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Summary

Saltwater. Marine reptiles. They have brown to dark brown shells with occasional shades of olive that are generally unmarked, but on occasion, have mottled or wave-like pattern. Shell plates lie side by side (not over-lapping). The have only two plates between the eyes. The first of their four costal plates does not touch the nuchal.

To be confused with

- Hawksbill turtle Erethmochelys imbricata (two pair plates between the eyes)
- Loggerheads and Ridley.

Characteristics

Size: 30 to 120 cm.
Colour: Shells are in fact olive to black.
Shape:
Flattened body is covered by a large, teardrop-shaped carapace; it has a pair of large, paddle-like flippers.


Habitat environment and ecology

The green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Often near coral reefs.

Distribution range

St. Eustatius. BES-eilanden.

Author

[Niels Schrieken, march 2015]

Literature

- Humann, Paul, and N. Deloach. "c. Reef fish identification." (2002).

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Soorten, Reptielen

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