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.
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.
St. Eustatius. BES-eilanden.
[Niels Schrieken, march 2015]
- Humann, Paul, and N. Deloach. "c. Reef fish identification." (2002).