Green Sea Turtle

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Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle(Chelonia mydas)

By; Lindsay Sanchez

The Green Sea Turtle is endangered mostly because they are accidentally caught by fishermen in nets that are meant for fish or are caught up in pollution, such as plastic bags. The green sea turtle loves to each jellyfish and sometime mistake a plastic bag for food. As of coarse they cannot eat plastic bags they choke and unfortunately die. There are also a lot of people who dig up the turtle nests even though it is illegal. This puts the eggs at high risk of dieing as they are berried to keep a certain temperature and when they are dug up the incubation process in ruined and they become cold and die. They retract the head and limbs back into their shell when it feels threatened.

In Florida, sea turtles come ashore to nest beginning in May and hatching continues until late October. A female can lay several nests during one season and only nests every two or three years. The hard process of nesting takes hours. A turtle must drag her massive weight out of the water to the dunes. She uses her back flippers to dig a hole and deposits about one hundred rubbery eggs, each the size of a ping-pong ball. The turtle disguises the nest by flinging sand over it. Once she leaves the nest, she never returns. Green Sea Turtles can lay up to 200 eggs.

The Green Sea Turtle's flattened body is covered by a large, teardrop-shaped shell; 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.

During the summer months, there are approximately 50,000 sea turtles in Florida. Green Sea Turtle usually live around the Florida Keys

Unlike other marine turtles, adult Green Sea Turtles are herbivores eating sea grasses such as Turtle Grass and Manatee Grass or Marine Algae.


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