Tortuga Verde

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Green Sea Turtle

Scientific nameChelonia mydas
Conservation statusEndangered (Population decreasing)
Mass: 350 lbs (Adult)
Diet: Young eat worms, young crustaceans, aquatic insects, grasses and algae. Adults eat sea grass and algae, the only sea turtle that is strictly herbivorous as an adult. Their jaws are finely serrated which aids them in tearing vegetation.
Did you know: Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world.  Named for the green color of the fat under its shell.

Threats to Survival: The greatest threat is from the commercial harvest for eggs and food. Other green turtle parts are used for leather and small turtles are sometimes stuffed for curios. Incidental catch in commercial shrimp trawling is an increasing source of mortality. Sea grass bed destruction by water pollution or boat contact destroy food source.


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