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Chelonia mydas (Green Turtle)


Wikipedia Abstract

The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), also known as the green turtle, black (sea) turtle, or Pacific green turtle, is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in the genus Chelonia. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but it is also found in the Indian Ocean. The common name comes from the usually green fat found beneath its carapace; these turtles' shells are olive to black.
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Chelonia mydas agassizi (black sea turtle)
Chelonia mydas japonica (Synonym of Chelonia mydas agassizii, Pacific green turtle)
Chelonia mydas mydas (Atlantic green turtle)

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Chelonia mydas


Emoji [3]  turtle
Gestation [2]  59 days
Litter Size [2]  150
Maximum Longevity [2]  75 years
Migration [1]  Interoceanic
Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Adult Weight [2]  352.741 lbs (160.00 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  10 years
Male Maturity [2]  10 years


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Range Map


Aldabra Special Reserve; Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, chiefly in the tropics. Adriatic Sea (Croatia ?), Italy (occasional occurence [E. RAZZETTI, pers. comm.]) Turkey [Basoglu 1973] Madagascar, Comoro Islands (Grande Comore, Mohélim Anjouan, Mayotte) It occurs as far nor;

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