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Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

The green sea turtle is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This sea turtle’s dorsoventrally flattened body is covered by a large, teardrop-shaped carapace; it has a pair of large, paddle-like flippers. It is usually lightly colored, although in the eastern Pacific populations parts of the carapace can be almost black. Unlike other members of its family, C. mydas is mostly herbivorous. The adults usually inhabit shallow lagoons, feeding mostly on various species of seagrasses. Like other sea turtles, green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and scramble into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to eighty years in the wild. The green sea turtle is listed as endangered by the IUCN red list!

photo credits: Brocken Inaglory, Alexander Vasenin, Mak Thorpe, Emha

Baby GREEN SEA TURTLE - one Albino
Chelonia mydas
©Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

A Thai Navy sailor holds a baby albino green sea turtle at a nursery for the reptiles, which are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

About 15,000 green turtles and hawksbill turtles are hatched and housed at the navy’s conservation center annually until the animals are old enough to be released into the sea.

Fast Facts on Green Sea Turtles:

Type:  Reptile

Diet:  Herbivore

Average life span in the wild:  Over 80 years

Size:  Up to 5 ft (1.5 m)

Weight:  Up to 700 lbs (317.5 kg)

Group name:  Bale

Protection status:  Endangered

Did you know?  
Like other sea turtles, the green turtle cannot pull its head into its shell.

Source: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/green-turtle.html

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A green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas. This is my last illustration I made for my internship in Greece. These past three months have been amazing and I will miss the beautiful nature of Greece and the amazing scientists I worked with.

It is good to know there are actually a lot of people who care about nature and its conservation. I hope my illustrations will be used for the same great cause as well.

Greetings from Belgium! (back home again!)

GREEN SEA TURTLE being cleaned by YELLOW TANGs
Chelonia mydas and Zebrasoma flavescens
©reeflections

Green sea turtles are reptiles whose ancestors evolved on land and took to the sea to live about 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species so ancient that they watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct.

In this photo - This Green Sea Turtle is getting cleaned by Yellow Tangs. Like most surgeonfish, yellow tangs are algae eaters. This works well for the turtles that are unable to wash their own backs. Yellow tangs are the number one fish caught here in Hawaii for export to the aquarium market and are becoming very rare on some the Islands. Please don’t buy any wild fish for your aquariums. You will make the turtles very happy. Source & other images for sale here: http://reeflections.smugmug.com

The green turtle is a large sea turtle that inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world. Occasionally seen sunbathing, it is one of the few marine turtles known to leave the water other than at nesting times.

It is named not for the color of its shell, which is normally brown or olive depending on its habitat, but for the greenish color of its skin.

Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world. Their proportionally small head is non-retractable and extends from a heart-shaped carapace that measures up to 5 feet (1.5 meters). Males are slightly larger than females and have a longer tail. Both have flippers that resemble paddles, which make them powerful and graceful swimmers.

Unlike most sea turtles, adult green turtles are herbivores, feeding on sea grasses and algae. Juveniles, however, will also eat invertebrates like crabs, jellyfish, and sponges.

Source: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/green-turtle.html

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